Tobacco – Sweatbox Dynasty
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As with all the Tobacco albums so far, the frontman of Black Moth Super Rainbow dispenses with that group's sticky whimsy in favor of something harsher and noisier, but still insanely catchy and fun. Ultima II Massage is his first album for new label Ghostly International and it's probably his best so far. It's got everything one has come to expect in a Tobacco project, only this time they are all turned up to ten. Or at least nine. There's not a weak song in the bunch, with hooks sharper than knives and the tightly wound and perfectly layered sound making it all go down smoothly. As smoothly as an album with song titles like "Father Sister Berzerker," "Lipstick Destroyer," and "Face Breakout" are supposed to go down, anyway. And there is a thread of toughness running through the album that's new for Tobacco as his almost untreated vocals on "Eruption" drop more profanities than your average rapper, and many of the songs have hard-charging beats and rippling, chainsawed synths that almost verge on some weird mutant form of heavy metal.