Oizo - Lambs Anger (Because)
may have been in the music making game for ten years now
but Mr Oizo (also known as Quentin Dupieux) is still best
known for that nodding puppet in the Levi's ad.
oddball soundtrack for flogging denim will always be remembered
for being one of the most unusual UK number ones but, a
decade on from Flat Beat, has he managed to shake off the
ghost of Flat Eric and create an album that will once again
place him at the top of the techno tree?
third album proper flies through its 17 tracks in just over
40 minutes, which makes it all the more incredible that
it reportedly took just six weeks to create. Overall that
helps maintain interest and proves that Oizo's crazed mind
is pumping out ideas by the dozen but sometimes you wish
he would stick with an idea for a few more minutes and elaborate
and build upon it. It does leave you craving more though,
which is surely preferable to a meandering eight-minute
mix that outstays its welcome.
are good, some are bad, some are just OK," goes introductory
track Hun, and the album certainly is a mixed bag of sounds.
It's all rather wonky throughout, from the rave stabs and
flutes of Pourriture 2 and Bruce Willis Is Dead, which get
an old school shiver going up the spine, to the scatterbrained
disco of Z and Cut Dick, to the funk-led, summery stutter
of Jo. Each track grabs your attention then quickly makes
way for the next one. Overall it works, aside from one or
two weaker moments like Two Takes It, a brash disco cover
of Rob Base classic It Takes Two.
nagging electro buzz of Postif comes closest to being the
album's dancefloor anthem - a track that Dupieux apparently
hates and was only saved by his girlfriend who prevented
him from binning the idea altogether. Other highlights include
the mangled rave stomp that is Gay Dentists and the tempo-shifting
organ wigout of Blind Concerto.
cover imagery showing old friend Flat Eric facing a razor
blade and a video featuring the furry muppet being hacked
up, you get the feeling Mr Oizo would rather lay him to
rest for good. That is until the title track comes on with
the announcement, "This audio was recorded by Flat
Eric," and some obscure fuzzy analogue noises almost
form into a track before 'Eric' is sent back to the closet.
it good, bad or merely OK overall? In reality, some tracks
are outstanding, some are good and the rest are still of
a high enough standard to make Lambs Anger a breakneck collection
that deviates enough from any tired dance blueprints to
make it an eccentric yet resounding success.
was making loud, twisted, quirky techno long before the
likes of Justice and Simian Mobile
Disco even considered bending their waveforms at
raucous right angles and Lambs Anger proves that he can
still show the young pretenders a thing or two. This is
a hyperactive but genuinely exciting listen.