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Nadja Ovo

The Life and Death of a Wasp

(Broken Spine; US: 20 Jul 2010; UK: 20 Jul 2010)

I was going to begin this review by saying, “If you buy only one concept album this year about a wasp drowning in a cup of coffee, be sure to make it this one.” After listening to the record all the way through, I must amend my advice to something simpler: avoid this album at all costs.


Nadja Ovo use basic elements—guitar, drums, bass, vocals of a sort—to construct four songs built around the story of the ill-fated wasp. Unfortunately, these pieces manage to combine all the worst elements of jam-band noodling, death-metal growling, ambient spaciness and experimental atonality into one seamlessly unpleasant package. The music manages to be simultaneously ugly, which is not necessarily a crime, and boring, which is.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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