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The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower

The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower: InriInri (2006)
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A year removed from the less than well-received Love in a Fascist Brothel, the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower are back again. This, their new three-song EP, Inri, is not much of a step in the right direction either. I'm really not sure what happened to this band, but they went from being fairl.
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A year removed from the less than well-received Love in a Fascist Brothel, the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower are back again. This, their new three-song EP, Inri, is not much of a step in the right direction either.

I'm really not sure what happened to this band, but they went from being fairly creative and dynamic to a band with not so much a bit of personality that they can truly call their own. Gone are the spastic bursts, the jazzy interludes, and the unique song structures that people gravitated to in the first place. There's still small hints of some of those elements, be it a bit of trumpet here and there, or a quick chord change, but it doesn't hold the same weight it once did.

Not that there's a lot of material to be found, anyhow. In effect, all that you have with this release is one song recorded in two different styles, and another that's more boring than either version of the other track. The song with two versions is the title track, "Inri." One version is done as a regular song by the band, the other is done as a remix by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The remixed version is decidedly better, implementing some of the previously mentioned trumpet to accompany the jagged riffs and slinky basslines. It's the only song really even worth its while of the three, as both of the previous tracks sound both uninspired and uninteresting.

This is especially true of "Boys Keep Swinging," which plods along for over four minutes, not offering any replay value at all along the way. The vocals, the guitar, drums, none of it meshing together, none of it creating anything of value. You may remember the original recording, done by David Bowie and Brian Eno, which seemed fresh and invigorating, this rendition possessing neither of those qualities.

This band was never made up of musical visionaries, but what they were able to previously do was write some engaging, and somewhat challenging music. However, if their promised post-humous effort is a continuation of the direction shown on here, I want no part of it.

 


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Anonymous (October 7, 2006)

"the less than well-received Love in a Fascist Brothel"

I thought that album was great.

Anonymous (October 7, 2006)

Wait. I meant 03** I'm kinda crunk. My bad

Anonymous (October 7, 2006)

I danced w the singer@ my graduation party in 06 & this makes me ashamed of that.

So I shall remain nameless

xmidipunkbastardx (October 6, 2006)

this band probably don't know what "inri" means and thought it stands for something that means the person this word is attached to is dead.

a little hint: that's not what it means.

SilentStorms (October 5, 2006)

Which are??? I've lost interest.

Anonymous (October 4, 2006)

Why the hell is Punknews not covering the issues discussed at www.vandalscandal.com?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

Anonymous (October 4, 2006)

Necktie party!!! fuck yeah!!

RiseAbove (October 4, 2006)

Dissertation, Honey and If You Cut Us, We Bleed are really good but the rest of their stuff, not so much.

SilentStorms (October 3, 2006)

Didn't these guys break up? I only have their Necktie split 7" and Necktie Party kicked their asses.

Anchors (October 3, 2006)

I still do it sometimes, but it depends on the individual album. I mean, this was bad, but not bad enough to make me go out of my way to try and embarass them.

dev (October 3, 2006)

Anchors, when you used to give albums a low rating, you would also provide a humourous link in the spot where band website links would otherwise appear. What gives?

Anchors (October 3, 2006)

I liked their first record too, which is why I was so surprised that this was so bad.

PhantomBoner (October 2, 2006)

I haven't heard this one, but "Love in the Fascist Brothel" was total shit. First record is awesome, though.

GreenVandal (October 2, 2006)

I loved this bands first album, but I haven't heard anything since then. Is it really as bad as Mr. Anchors is making it out to be?

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