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Dirty Three: She Has No Strings Apollo

 
Dirty Three
She Has No Strings Apollo

Let it be said, Everyone's a sucker. You can read that and say, Fuck you I'm no sucker, but in reality face it, you're a sucker. There are certain things that, done correctly, make 'logical' humans act in the most moronic ways. Anyone can be suckered, especially those who are too busy acting like there's nothing that can dupe them. Let it also be said, I'm perhaps the worst dancer in the world. The reason that these two things are important to Dirty Three is that one thing I'm a sucker for is the violin and one thing that makes me dance, is, you guessed it, the violin. I don't know what it is about the way that Warren Ellis plays his violin. Maybe he's a cyborg from space who plays especially for me, so that I can make a fool of myself and the CIA can take photos of me and use them when they frame me for terrorist attacks which were actually CIA secret projects gone wrong that they now need to cover up. Regardless of where I am (a park, a museum, a friend's house, the bus), if I hear Dirty Three come on, I'm dancing. Even on the slow songs, I get that wanna-be-Grace-Slick-era-waving arms bullshit dance going and I can't stop until Ellis and Co. are finished. This is perhaps why I listen to Dirty Three in private a lot.

She Has No Strings Apollo picks up where they left off, kicking the hell out of other bands and receiving little to no mainstream recognition. 'Alice Wading' is the 8 minute epic opener that has Ellis merely getting ready for the rest of the album, while drummer Jim White pounds through a steady build up snare beat that, yes its true, had me on my feet in seconds. From start to finish, Ellis proves once again that his intensity is unmatched in music and the band together proves why they appear in so many TOP TEN lists year after year. With the members of this band now living in 3 different countries, it might be a while before we see a new album, but we have 6 past ones to tide us over until then.

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