Wax Mannequin - Saxon
- Artist: Wax Mannequin
- Album: Saxon
- Label: Zunior
- Year of Release: 2009
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- Reviewed by: tosnob on 2009-08-05
When one first listens to Saxon, the forthcoming album from Wax Mannequin, one is immediately struck by the darkness of the music. The Hamiltonian's raw brand of folk just screams sinister.
The album, out August 4th, opens with "Broken Friends", a track that sees Wax Mannequin deliver vocals with a timbre so eerily these could make Nick Cave's skin crawl. Combine that with equally evil lyrics and you can almost picture Wax Mannequin singing these songs as he hacks up a hobo in his bathtub.
Wax Mannequin draws upon a few other styles from time to time to keep the music fresh. "Doin'" is a certified stomp rocker, while the engaging "Volcano God" is carnival polka in the tradition of Tom Waits.
Add to all of that the textured playing of his backing band Black Blood and Wax Mannequin delivers folk with a vivaciousness that is all too lacking in the often be a listless genre.
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