Nadja Ovo

The Life and Death of a Wasp

by David Maine

5 October 2010

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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.

The Life and Death of a Wasp


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