Misery is a Butterfly When they started in 1993, Blonde Redhead embraced guitar-driven dissonance, but the New York trio have mellowed over the years, wrapping their angst in cinematic… Misery is a Butterfly When they started in 1993, Blonde Redhead embraced guitar-driven dissonance, but the New York trio have mellowed over the years, wrapping their angst in cinematic… 2004-03-23 Blonde Redhead
Music Review

Misery Is a Butterfly (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Mar 23, 2004; Lead Performance: Blonde Redhead

When they started in 1993, Blonde Redhead embraced guitar-driven dissonance, but the New York trio have mellowed over the years, wrapping their angst in cinematic ambience inspired by French sleaze-meister Serge Gainsbourg at his late-'60s peak. Despite sounding derivative at times, Misery Is a Butterfly further refines that volatile mix with a touch of fidgety elegance. Now if only the band could do something about the nails-on-a-blackboard singing.

Originally posted Mar 19, 2004 Published in issue #756 Mar 19, 2004 Order article reprints
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