Cabaret Voltaire - Red Mecca
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September 1981 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rough Trade / Label
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'Red Mecca' is one of those industrial, crazy albums made just for the sake of being freak and alternative. I won't say it's bad, but it's certainly that kind of music that in my opinion is pointless and I don't see what should I enjoy about it and listen to it again just for fun. Surprisingly, one of the "better" tracks is "A Thousand Ways", a ten-minute one, a length that's commonly used for the most boring moments on this type of experimental album.

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An essential and incredibly influential document of the 80s avant-garde, Carabet Voltaire's best-known record, Red Mecca, is shrill and knotty, flat and tuneless, grating and tumultuous. A record to break open the floodgates of post-punk experimentation, certainly, and foundational for that genre's better known pallbearers. While certainly revolutionary for its time, and a fascinating piece of art in itself, Red Mecca is certainly not a record that can really be enjoyed, especially in ... read more
Cabaret Voltaire are undoubtedly an incredibly influential band, helping to define the first wave of industrial music along with Throbbing Gristle. What they are not is great songwriters. By 1981, industrial music had moved past this kind of directionless synth noodling and thankfully produced several classic records. Red Mecca is not among them.
The Cabs finally wrote the ultimate, electronic manifesto, so painful, so sinister but so cohesive, wrapped it in a work of art and delivered its political virus to the igrorants, waiting for the purgatorial sequence of exploded minds.
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Added on: April 27, 2018