Atomizer

Big Black - Atomizer
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Based on 159 ratings
1986 Ratings: #11
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January 1, 1986 / Release Date
LP / Format
Homestead / Label
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EMR
76
Before becoming one of alternative-rock's biggest producers, Steve Albini led a handful of different musical projects. One of those (and probably the greatest) was Big Black. A group of deranged musicians that displayed a strong love (no matter how twisted) for punk and deconstructed rock-music. Having put out a couple of short albums before, the band came out really strong with Atomizer, a relentless LP that did for the underground american noise-rock scene in the late 80s what Ramones did for ... read more
MasterCrackfox
79
Albini is often remembered for his production and engineer efforts, but is often forgotten for what he accomplished for music based on his own creations. Big Black is likely the perfect example of the vision that Albini had before taking his place away from the stage and behind the board, and Automizer is the debut that set the stage for his vision.

Automizer is an album of unbridled, unassuming and sheering noise. Albini shouts incomprehensible lyrics over chugging drum machines, distorted ... read more
RyannAlpaca
90
Edit: this is getting way too long and I'm a bit tired, so i'm going to finish writing this later

I couldn't stop thinking about this record since I heard it for the first time, actually, I couldn't stop thinking about this record when I was still listening the first track for the first time.
"Jordan, Minnesota" is such a bold and dangerous statement to make on your debut record. Not only the song is about pedophilia, but it actually talks about it on a really specific and almost ... read more
marmaladejacket
100
One of the greatest noise rock/punk records of all time: brutal, demanding, shocking, catchy, memorable, confrontational, and above all fantastic. It's not an easy listen; the subject matter centers on dark themes and distorted, warped instrumentals that create a frenetic atmosphere; the cover art (reminiscient to me of the cannon Marvin Martian of Looney Tunes uses) is emblematic of the intent of the album, or what I take away from it: Big Black showing/providing/being the match that will ... read more
PieroScaruffi
85
"Atomizer was a sequence of shockwaves of industrial music, hardcore, heavy-metal, and horribly deformed rock'n'roll. In a stunning chaos of polyrhythms and dissonances, Albini told his macabre stories of deranged minds. The overall effect was similar to the suspence of a murder thriller."
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Track List

  1. Jordan, Minnesota
  2. Passing Complexion
  3. Big Money
  4. Kerosene
  5. Bad Houses
  6. Fists of Love
  7. Stinking Drunk
  8. Bazooka Joe
  9. Strange Things
  10. Cables (live)
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Added on: March 8, 2013