JESUS, IT EVEN HAS POLAR BEARS. COULD THIS BE ANY BETTER?
No, it couldn't. A different approach to their previous albums, (There's a guitar!) the Biz have certainly grown since their sludgier beginnings (There's an actual guitar! One that isn't down tuned to fuck!). With the addition of Toshi Kasai, producer of the most recent Melvins album, the band keep up your interest with twiddley guitar bits (albeit them over some of the most satisfying sounds that can be made from the rhythm section) and everything.
And to be honest, when news first arrived of Kasai's joining, I was a bit anxious that the Biz would loose their distinctive sound. Thankfully, they haven't! That's not to say they haven't progressed, but if you were a fan of the first two albums, then this is one for you. Warren's bass is still rockin', and Coady's still beating the shit out of his drums.
Mind you, they're not as primal and raw as their first, or even second outings. They've really matured here. Despite the lyrics. "CATS. MICE. SHINY DICE!"(or something), "Stop chasing rabbits, God damnit, it's not how we planned it!", there's an emotion that wasn't present, or at least not at the forefront in the past. There's feeling to this album, surrounding the rock-the-fuck-out-ed-edness (Yes, that is a word). Great album.