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Planningtorock

Have It All

(Chicks on Speed)

You want to know whether or not this album is any good, and, believe me, I want to be able to tell you. But we’re dealing with an unknown substance here. What I can tell you is that Planningtorock is the project name for the deep-voiced, American-cum-Berliner Janine Rostron, and that Have It All is her debut album of truly bizarre electronic pop. While most artists work their weirdness through odd song structures and kooky instrumentation, Rostron is a subtle subverter of what we commonly expect from the pop/rock song format. There are verses and choruses, fairly straightforward beats, and even identifiable musical landmarks: early electro, Sparks, T. Rex, Robert Plant, and, not surprisingly, the electroclash group Chicks on Speed, who own Planningtorock’s label. But knowing all of this still doesn’t insulate my brain from the queasily unsettling ride through the hall of mirrors, parallel pop universe that is Have It All. You’ll just have to experience it for yourself. But be sure to lie down immediately afterward. This album will make you feel weird.

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Michael Keefe is a freelance music journalist, an independent bookstore publicist, and a singer/guitarist/songwriter in a band. Raised on a record collection of The Beatles, Coltrane, Mozart, and Ravi Shankar, Michael has been a slave to music his whole life. At age 16, he got a drum set and a job at a record store, and he's been playing and peddling music ever since. Today, he lives in Oregon with his wife (also a writer, but not about music), two cats, and a whole lot of instruments and CDs.


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