I’m a big fan of Silverchair’s “Diorama” record and think Daniel Johns (lead singer/guitarist/lyricist) is a genius. So, when I read that he was teaming up with another musician (Paul Mac) to make a new record, I was certainly eager to hear it. Well, “The Dissociatives” is the result.
On first impression, the album has some similarities to Silverchair’s “Diorama” record, but it’s definitely a departure from that. The music is more experimental and the tone is lighter. Unfortunately, it just didn’t sit too well with me and I found the disc overall to be a little TOO different for my tastes. That was three months ago.
Just recently (sometime last week), I popped the CD back into my player for another listen. To my surprise, I’m really enjoying it. I don’t know if it’s that my expectations have changed or if it’s one of those records that just takes time to sink in. Either way, I’m more and more impressed with the variety and talent that seems to have gone into this recording. My favorite tracks are 2. Somewhere Down the Barrel, 3. Horror With Eyeballs (which is kind of trippy), 4. Lifting the Veil from the Braille (instrumental only with whistling and humming… and it’s really GOOD), 5. Forever and a Day, 6. Thinking in Reverse… oh christ, I like them all.
**** (4 stars) / out of 5