Tub Ring - Fermi Paradox (Music CD)
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But like the best science fiction, Fermi Paradox treats science as just one among many ideologically motivated discourses: Politicians, psychologists, the consumerist fashion system are all interrogated and travestied with the same tenacity and devastating irony as science. "Invalid," for example, reads as a powerful response to post-9/11 political rhetoric: "There's guns, there's guns guns guns!/Pointed at our head every time we close our eyes, but what are we, little folk, to do about/This bakery full of lies/We don't need no one to turn out the lights for us...." The music on Fermi Paradox consistently complements Gibson's vocals and narrative content through radically diverse changes in genre and mood -- often several times within a single song. "Hands" sounds like rabid hardcore, while "The Way to Mars" is an ironically pacifying lullaby. "Panic the Digital," on the other hand, moves from a child's keyboard to an apocalyptic dirge seamlessly and organically. Each track is filled out by an orchestra of guest musicians, including members of the Handsome Family, playing everything from sitar to violin and vibraphone. While Tub Ring's catchier and more melodic sound on Fermi Paradox makes it a significantly more accessible album to new listeners, its innovative arrangements and provocative lyrics will continue to fascinate fans of Tub Ring's earlier work. ~ Rich Goldman