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Darren Deicide
Temptation and the Taboo Part 1
Ever Reviled Records

Combining a classic singer-songwriter, poet vagabond rhetoric with a minimal acoustic-punk aesthetic, Darren Deicide delivers an interesting album of hits and missed opportunities. Sporting a slightly confused abstinence from overdubbing, Temptation and the Taboo Part 1, limits itself with songs never fully realized.

Acoustic, neo-goth instrumental opener, “Now is the Winter of Our Discontent” is an early high point: sweeping, perfectly paced guitar cascades bounce outward against canned orchestration. An emotive opening that unfortunately sets the bar too high.
“Little Ol’ Snake” is a thin joke drawn out too long for its corny shakers and pseudo-folk yearning. “Block Rock Boogie” manages impersonate blues in a painful white-boy way, mimicking the 12-bar blues slaughter of the first rock bands that ripped off black culture in the fifties.

“A Night in Journal Square” is a juvenile effort at socio-political spoken word that is as unlistenable as it is pointless in its moralistic confusion. Deicide loses himself completely in a high school poetry-style dialogue, stopping his album dead in its tracks with meaningless lines like, “That fifty cents won’t buy keys for those in bondage/ That fifty cents won’t lower the emperor’s drawbridge.”
But where Deicide simplifies his approach, focusing solely on his Ben Weasel-style vocal delivery, semi-sweet cornball narratives and jittery solo electric powerchord chunks, he manages to convey himself successfully on artistic terms. Letting the imperfections of his voice stand center stage on “Dreaming to Live” is a brave choice and makes for on of the most endearing cuts on Temptation. “”Loneliness and Fear” is an emo-boy shedding his insecurities at some shadowed and lonely open mic night. You can’t help but root for him. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me” is a raunchy blast of testosterone rock and “Winter Blues” drops some truly fragile uber-reverbed acoustic confessionals. From here, Deicide only needs to hone his songwriting with a little more focus and flesh out his compositions with full-band arrangements and he could deliver a decent dose of man-alone angst.

Favorite Track: Track 8, "Winter Blues ”

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