Monday, July 12, 2010

Relaxed Muscle - A Heavy Night With... (2003)

I remember the first time I heard this album. It was at the Fra house, I was in my room, drinking a 40oz of Bud Ice, looking forward to going out that night, hoping to have fun and possibly bring home a stranger to sleep with, when "The Heavy" kicked in on my subwoofer. At that moment, I knew that this was the perfect soundtrack for getting hyped up to go out and I knew I was in for a wild ride with this album. Alternately, this is a great workout album as well. Almost tailored exclusively for those two things: going out and potentially screwing and working out. Jarvis Cocker has always had a penchant for flaunting his sexuality. In fact he's carved himself quite a reputation based on his erotic etiquette. But this is something totally different - the prior effeminacy is gone. This is not delicate music. This album is literally soaked in testosterone. There is violence, vengeance, and misogynistic tendencies at play here. He talks about ruling his woman with an "rod of iron" (an obviously phallic reference), "letting it ride" all night long, and every facet of his life being "sexualized." Its also notable that Jarvis and partner in crime/electronics guru Jason Buckle took on pseudonyms and alter egos during gigs and public appearances, complete with costumes and hilarious back-stories ("Darren claimed to have met Wayne "planting flowers" while doing community service for burglary"), which is ingenious and plain awesome. If you're looking for some quality adrenaline fueled electro, it doesn't get much better than this.

Rating: 9/10


Relaxed Muscle's video for "Sexualized" :

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