By Amanda Dickey
Chris Corner releases another fantastic album with The Unified Field, the fifth studio album of his solo art-rock project IAMX. Corner combines electronic and synth sounds with avant-garde dance music, resulting in a euphoric whirlwind of beautiful melodies and catchy, profound lyrics. His videos are all visually stunning, and the album already boasts three official music videos (“The Unified Field”, “Quiet the Mind” and “I Come with Knives”), a considerably astounding feat for the videos’ amazing production quality and album’s recent release. Needless to say, I’ve had this album on repeat since it came out this year on March 22nd.
- Welcome Oblivion is the first studio length album by the How to Destroy Angels, a collaboration between Nine Inch Nails musicians Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Rob Sheridan and Reznor’s wife, Mariqueen Maandig. Reznor’s typical (especially the more recent) electronic and industrial style is prominent throughout the CD’s entirety. This album features both Maandig occasionally accompanied by Reznor on vocals. The pair complement each other well; some would argue that a female voice is just what Reznor needs.
I really enjoyed “Welcome to Oblivion” overall. The electronic and industrial sounds I have always found aurally appealing and have influenced my own music. This album is more minimal, less aggressive, less energetic and in-your-face than Reznor’s early Nine Inch Nails work (“Pretty Hate Machine”, “The Fragile” and “The Downward Spiral” come to mind) and more like his latest endeavors (such as “The Social Network” soundtrack). While I miss the old, aggressive attitude in Reznor’s earlier work, the ambient and more relaxed sounds in “Welcome Oblivion” are worth a listen and remarkable in their own way.