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Civil War II
  • Artist: Penis Fly Trap
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 783707540726
  • Item #: CDBY754072
  • Genre: Rock
  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • This product is a special order
  • Rank: 1000000000
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Civil War II on CD

The vocalizing is incisive and obtuse. You'll need the lyric sheet. The inadequate lexicon of language impotently provides the following words to describe this sophomore body of work: Tense, jovial, driving, caustic, jeering, stainless, enigmatic.' --X This 21-song release is one of those CDs that penetrates your subconscious and grows on you. I keep humming the melodies from this mid-tempo rhythmic punk. A tinge of WIRE comes to mind when I crank this disc.' --Maximum RockNRoll The magic starts on track 6 ('Packet Switch'). The Husker Du-ish feel underscores the DIY production while a Ramones/Jerry's Kids influence permeates. Aside from 'Pro Football', Civil War II cleverly rehashes the requisite punk rants, adds wry social commentary ('Butch,' a song about our voyeuristic media) and explores wild inventiveness ('Daddy We Cloned The Cat' is a 21 second bombast while 'Unpopular' kicks off with a talk show caller proclaiming, 'Boston fans suck' followed by silence and then a laugh track superimposed over gruesome news reports). The explosive 'Nike Tattoo' is a scathing indictment of modern consumerism that continues on 'SYEM' (chorus: 'Spend your money'). 'Masterplan' is the closest to the Minor Threat/SSD style hardcore (chorus: 'You wanna be right'). Of the few songs with a guitar solo, there is only one without the Black Flag My War era dissonant thrashing. At a shade over two minutes, 'Pi' boasts a great riff and groove. A stand-out is the revved up cover of Devo's 'Beautiful World,' a sharp contrast to RATM's equally effective sedate version. Civil War II abounds with intelligent lyrics and raw passion. It's a keeper. --Marc Friedman (The Noise)