Album of the Day

THE ALBUM OF THE DAY IS…

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stain.jpgLIVING COLOUR, STAIN – It’s Monday. I don’t know about you, but for me, that means going back to my shitty day job to sit in my shitty cubicle and spend my day dealing with people who are practically brain dead. After a relaxing weekend, that can be a pretty tough pill to swallow. Living Colour’s most underrated, misanthropic album, then, will help me get through my morning. Striking a perfect balance between murderous and melodious, this 1993 release is as politically relevant as anything LC ever did (“Go Away,” “Auslander,” “Walls”), but often feels more personal (“Never Satisfied”) and melancholy (“Nothingness”)- which is not to say it lacks the catchiness (“Leave it Alone”) or wit (“Bi”) of the band’s more openly celebrated output. And the production, by Ron St. Germain (Tool, Breed 77), is dense, challenging, perfect. Stain is the ideal album for when you need to feed your mind or feed your fury.

-AR

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