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Famous When Dead Sechs

(Playhouse; US: 25 Nov 2008; UK: 1 Dec 2008)

Famous When Dead Sechs is house music, for sure. The stately 4/4 rhythms, chattering handclaps, and hissing hi-hats throughout establish that. Yet, while modern house is generally known for being spacious, many of these ten tracks somehow sound claustrophobic. And, with most approaching the ten-minute mark and not a whole lot happening, this is squarely in the “sounds better in the club than at home” category. X-District’s “Color Correction”, a short bit of ‘80s style attitude that was recorded in Detroit and sounds it, offers some fresh air. Too often, though, with its musty synth noises, Famous When Dead Sechs reminds you of an old Atari 2600 system with a backbeat.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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