MACABRE MUSIC REVIEW: BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL
BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL
So this is what a pervert’s mid-life crisis sounds like. 10 Neurotics, Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s tenth album, catalogues BTFBG principal Sam Rosenthal’s post-divorce exploration of (descent into?) fetishism. And he’s taken to it like a duck to water sports, writing about plushies (‘Marmalade Cat’), voyeurism (‘Caught By Strangers’), cuckolds (‘Tell Me You’ve Taken Another’) and other kinky subjects. And as Rosenthal has remade his life, he’s also reinvented his sound, mostly ditching the eerie/soothing electronics of past Black Tape releases in favour of acoustic instrumentation; piano, drums, guitar. In this he’s aided by Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione, who co-produces, and new vocalists, including Spahn Ranch’s Athan Maroulis and Attrition’s Laurie Reade. Results are mixed (singer Nikki Jaine tries and fails to invoke Marlene Dietrich on ‘Rotten Zurich Cafe’), but Rosenthal’s, shall we say unrestrained enthusiasm for his newfound proclivities is endearing – even if you sometimes want to (ball) gag him.
Here is the video for the first single, ‘The Pleasure In The Pain’: