Fear of Dolls - She Dances Happily to Happy
By Marcus Pan
Welcome to misnomer central, ladies and gentleman, where we will
discuss the Fear of Dolls release: She Dances Happily to Happy Songs.
One of the finest examples of misnoming to be found today. From the opening
clashes of guitar versus guitar on She Lives Alone, you know from the
outset that there probably won't be many happy thoughts on this five song
release from Seattle's Fear of Dolls.
That's not to say we don't have something enlighteningly
interesting here. Naming an album as they have, and embellishing it with
cut-away images of the brain and nervous system and cut up nuns in a band,
makes the moniker obviously satirical and tongue in cheek. Sister Mary's
Scar is strange, with its pulsing bass line and off kilter guitar strains
laid against a dragging backbeat. Sharply contracted, the song leaves a lasting
impression of the darkest of atmospheres. I triple dog dare you to make it
through still hinged.
Saint Dymphnae and Sanguine add vocals again
and remain stylistically moody, using similar techniques of clashing guitar
rhythms and chord progressions. The break at the end of Sanguine that
drops to subliminally charged chirpings is enough to rattle your senses
following the previous dirge. Scissors is the most computer-laced track
on Happy Songs, and will slide and lunge from chord to chord, wreaking
serious havoc on your head.
She Dances Happily to Happy Songs is not an album
that you can say you "enjoy." Rather, you say something like...it's infected
you. You remember it for some time. The music herein creates an extremely dark
place and touches you while there...like the fingers of a molester it'll trace
chills down your spine. Very disturbing work.
Fear of Dolls
Post: PO Box 20151, Seattle, WA, 98102-1151, USA
Phone: (206) 328-6403