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Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture Groove


[Kinetic/Reprise]

We're lucky that Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture Groove is now available for our listening pleasure, especially considering that the music itself was the backbone of the groundbreaking film. Without a good soundtrack, the story of one night of ecstasy and metamorphosis at an underground San Francisco rave would definitely not have been as convincing or as fun.

Of course, the DJs who spun at the fictional party of the film were the ones providing the audio orgasms for the film's audience too, and here on the soundtrack one of them does just the same. DJ WishFM, who spun in between DJs Polywog and John Digweed in the film, brings all the best tracks from the party into a tight, 14-song continuous mix.

Highlights include the spacey, speedy funk of W's "Duke's Up (Joshua's Dubwise Mix)" and B-15 Project's house thump of "Girls Like Us," which serves as a perfect opening track for the soundtrack in the same way it warmed up the crowd at the film's rave. Some of the best tracks are from artists we are already familiar with, though unrecognizable at first due to their pseudonyms. Christian Smith and Lucas Rodenbush (a.k.a Deep Dish) lend the throbbing crowd-pleaser "Perpetual," while Libra (a.k.a. BT) chimes in with the epic "Anomaly - Calling Your Name."

The most famous alias on the album, however, comes from the film's biggest superstar DJ himself -- John Digweed (a.k.a. Bedrock). His "Heaven Scent" has the honor of being spun at the climaxing moment of the film when the entire cast comes together to dance the night to a close. On the soundtrack, "Heaven Scent" also serves as a zenith point, with chill-out tracks from Hybrid and Symbiosis following in its wake.

Elaborating on that, Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture Groove is like having a rave to-go in your own little hands. Just pop it in and you'll definitely start feeling the groove -- from build-up all the way to come-down. If you're into raving, it's a must-have.

Bryan Chin


Veruca Salt

Resolver

[Velveteen]

Maybe there is something to a name. After all, Louise Post, one of the original Veruca Salt grrrls, still remains after the group's 1998 split with former musical partner Nina Gordon. Not only is Post firmly grounded in a bed of rock tunes and harmonious Beatles' references, she's also sowing the seeds for a solid rock 'n roll future.

Note the word "future." On Veruca Salt's latest release, Resolver, Post and her new gang (guitarist Stephen Fitzpatrick, drummer Jimmy Madla and bassist Suzanne Sokol) outline a rock journey that is both lace and licorice, but in need of a little more time in the incubator. While guitar lines sound tight and Post's harmonies maintain her perpetual angry insistence, the album sounds too much like angry grrrl rock of yesteryear -- as in several years ago, when I was in middle school.

The tunes are complete, but the messages tend to sound the same, revolving around women unlucky in love or annoyed by other women. Additionally, the album oscillates stylistically so that the mood changes by song, breaking Resolver into a bunch of so-so singles with only a few standouts like the career-contemplating "Born Entertainer" and the acidic ode to the past, "Officially Dead."

The album is a jumble of musical facades that come together in sloppy, disjointed fashion. Songs like "Imperfectly" are sugar-sweet, with soft vocal cooing and instrumentation reminiscent of "Galapogos" on the Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness. Others are more rock-infused, like "Born Entertainer" and "Best You Can Get," bringing up the hard-soft sensibilities of rockers Courtney Love and Imogen Heap. As the album meanders through a variety of ear-pounding beats and ever-changing vocals, Post manages to use some thoughtfulness and life experience to wrap Resolver into a musical package.

Post has come into her own since working on Veruca Salt's American Thighs and Eight Arms to Hold You. On Resolver she retains more control, taking the roles of principle songwriter and lead singer instead of sharing duties as she did with Gordon. The tracks on Resolver are more personal, and Post makes efforts to pay homage to her musical inspirations, including Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine and Kate Bush through songs that prove she is trying to remake Veruca Salt as her own creation.

Rachel Metz

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