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Ned's Atomic Dustbin

554 Are You Normal? by Ned's Atomic Dustbin

Are You Normal?

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Andy Wallace
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Dual bassists helped Ned's Atomic Dustbin standout in the crowded alternative scene, we revisit their 1992 sophomore album Are You Normal?

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Few names evoke the 90s like Ned's Atomic Dustbin. It doesn't hurt that the band also sported an unusual line-up of two bass players that made full use of the sonic range - one carrying the low end and the other mid-range riffs ala Peter Hook of New Order. It gave The Neds something extra to play with, and on 1992's Are You Normal? the band shed their punkier, less polished debut sound for a rhythmic, bouncy follow-up effort. While the rhythm section carries a large amount of songs, if gives the guitar room to roam, from metalish funk riffs to blissed out delays. On the stronger material, it gels nicely, but the album takes time to find its footing, with a back-half that shows more range and depth that keeps us from loving the whole.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Suave And Suffocated
  • 29:42 - Walking Through Syrup
  • 40:30 - Not Sleeping Around
  • 57:03 - Intact
  • Outro - Swallowing Air

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