March 2, 2006

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Misstress Barbara, Come With Me
Uncivilized World Records, 2006

A different turn of the worm for this Montreal-based drummer-turned-DJ, who unadvisedly rebels against her own hard-house tendencies for this go of it. Here she’s channeled Ms. Pacman, blooping and Material-Girl-clapping her way through Sebo K’s “Too Hot” and Lorna’s “Feel Good” until she’s good and ready to cough up some rave fuzz in Andrea Bertolini’s “My Wav.” By then, though, most E-poppers will have staggered off to another dive – her (business-driven, reading between the blurb-sheet lines) decision to belly-flop into minimalism would have been much better served by a passing nod toward newer noise weaponry than this Oprah-esque crash-course-in-Molly-Ringwold patronizing of her entire fan base. Either that or it’s a stunningly egotistical stacking of the deck wherein her original songs go down as the de facto highlights - “I Love You”’s kettle drums and the swirling snares of “Eleven O Seven” are undiluted genius compared to the other klutzing.

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— Eric W. Saeger