Cooper Temple Clause See This Through And Leave

On their debut album, See This Through And Leave, the Cooper Temple Clause takes about every possible idea in the book and melts them together to make one massive racket. "Did You Miss Me?" is probably the trickiest song to ever start a record. Beginning with a spacy, looped drumbeat and synth, the song is slow and almost dull, until all of a sudden it completely changes identity two-and-a-half-minutes in. Like a David Lynch film, the song just picks up and transforms into something else without any explanation. The rest of the album follows the same format. Songs like "Film-Maker" and "Panzer Attack" sound like Oasis's bodies were snatched and replaced with Primal Scream. On the flipside, "Who Needs Enemies" is a sleazy Portishead track and "555-4823" is a weird space freak-out that has no real point to it other than to show their taste in noise. It's hard to believe, but the band even had hits with the aptly titled "Let's Kill Music" (which they mean), a Supergrass meets the mind of Jason Spaceman tune, and the album's finest moment "Been Training Dogs," a song that actually sounds like it belongs on the radio. Well, almost. Are they creative? Yes. Are they any good? Yes. However, with an album so untidy, it may be hard for some to cope with all of the abrupt changes. But then again, that's what a cult audience is for, and apparently they already have Cobain-sized cults pining for them. (BMG)