Tweaker is the new incarnation of Chris Vrenna, a project that began with the album ‘The Attraction To All Things Certain’ after Chris parted company with Nine Inch Nails. ‘2am Wakeup Call’ took its inspiration from Chris’s wife; her insomnia caused her to awake at 2am every night. Chris began, unavoidably, to share in her insomnia. Working with Clint Walsh (The Motels/The Dwarves/Juliette Lewis’ new band) as well as a series of guest vocalists; these include Will Oldham (Palace Brothers/Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), David Sylvian (Japan), Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) and Robert Smith (The Cure). Each of them have crafted lyrics around insomnia and dreams.
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Given the subject matter, it is hardly a shock that there are dark overtones running in rich veins through this album. The music is a rich and theatrical combination of grinding guitars and electronica that glide between gentle dream-like floating and stressed and demonic guitars. While not being your typical bright summer fare, and Chris himself says that this is definitely a night time record, the album does sound great.
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Label : Gut Records
Release Date : 12 July 2004
Website : www.tweaker.net
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