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Nevermen - Nevermen

by paul_guyet Rating:8 Release Date:2016-01-29

Eerie and eclectic. Brave and unique. Complex and concise. Nevermen have finally arrived to challenge the casual music fan and redefine 'supergroup'. 

I actually kind of loathe the term 'supergroup'; it smacks of desperation, so I'm happy to report that this is not a supergroup, it's three like-minded musicians (Doseone, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, and Mike Patton of Faith No More) coming together to do what musicians do... or at least what they should do: make music without ego. Overall, the listener can feel Adebimpe's influence most, in the flow and production of things, but, for better or worse, Nevermen is a near perfect representation of each of its members, a true collaboration.

Stand outs include the organized chaos of "Dark Ear", the sonic blender of "Right Animal Wrong Trap", the almost Ok Go popishness of "Mr Mistake", and the spectacular, Exquisite Corpse vibe of "Non Babylon", a true feat of editing, if nothing else. 

Personally, I've never been a huge fan of Patton's voice, and, at times, it manages to shred its way through almost any track like a Brillo pad through sheet cake, but, obviously that was the intention and Nevermen wouldn't be what they intended without it. So I suffered for a cause.

I can see this appealing to fans of truly experimental music and TV on the Radio more so than fans of Doseone or Faith No More, but they should all give it a listen. It'll be interesting to see if these three continue on with the project (it did take about five years to coalesce) and what they might create for a second outing, but, if this is all we hear from Nevermen, we should celebrate just how goddamn weird it is, and the simple fact that it exists.

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