Saturday, April 28, 2012
Bad American "Pretty / Ugly" LP Review
Listening to Bad American “Pretty/Ugly” it remains unclear whether this Bethlehem PA area band of miscreants is the Bad American or whether this is a retaliatory response directed at the Bad American. That is a beautiful goal in art, when the end-user is left to their interpretations. What is clear is that these eight songs, clocking in at a grand total of 15 minutes, are pretty ugly. A lyric sheet is provided to help you decipher Ray’s tirades and help you to make your decision on the Bad American debate, but this lyric sheet is pretty useless while listening to the record. Between Ray’s angry outbursts and the Fang-like layers of guitar work over top the punishingly engaging songs, I found it impossible to read while listening to “Pretty / Ugly”. Is Bad American anti-literacy? No, I think the purpose of this record is to extract the fury from deep within the listener and Bad American succeeds at this objective on “Pretty / Ugly”. You can go back and read the lyrics at a later date and ponder the motivation behind including an image of a Bad American smoking crack on the lyric sheet and enjoy the details in the fantastic tribute to the Freeze cover artwork (see “Land of the Lost”). While the needle is on the record, I suggest you let the fury flow. Move fast, only 326 pressed.