Boys Noize – Out of the Black Review

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INgrooves, 2012

6.2 / 10.0

Forgive me for oversimplifying an entire genre of music, but there are two kinds of electronic music albums. One gets the most press from the Pitchforks and the AV Clubs and whatnot as attempts to find meaning and beauty in what is still considered to be a mindless palette by many of the most visible gatekeepers. The other kind is the mindless stuff you are more likely to come across, music with such little purpose that parody song “Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss” is indistinguishable from the real stuff. I’m not about to suggest that the latter only appeals to stupid people—dumb fun is dumb fun, and nobody can hate “Sandstorm”—but it can be hard to argue that there is artistic value in electronic music when the biggest names in the genre throw retardedly oversized bleeps and bloops around haphazardly. Also not helping the genre’s case is albums like Out of the Black by Boys Noize, which treat cohesion and cogency like Flavor Flav treats his children.

If you are looking for an emotional trip full of meaning and nuance, you’re not going to make it through Boys Noize’s latest album as it is almost completely devoid of such things. Heck, you might not make it past opener “What You Want”, which plays as Deadmau5 on auto-pilot. I actually had to take some Advil to get through this thing in my first listen, and some of these tracks go on for what feels like an eternity, but there are just enough solid tracks on here, such as “XTC”, “Conchord”, and “Reality”, to make the whole thing not a bust. If life is a party, Out of the Black is the guy who show up already drunk and dances on furniture that can’t hold his weight—you don’t want to be that guy, but it can still be fun to have him around sometimes.

Purchase: Boys Noize – Out of the Black