The Art of Noise releases their first full length album, Who’s Afraid of the Art of Noise, and the title seems to be a perfect fit for who they are.
The Art of Noise, a clever and quite fitting name, introduces a twist on the idea of noise. Funny enough, noise doesn’t always have optimism attached to its name. In fact, I don’t know many instances where noise was “a good thing”. Though the group, a teamwork effort by Trevor Horn and Anne Dudley, proves noise has so much more than what we think—layers upon layers of different and unusual yet interesting sounds and tones.
Take the first track, “A Time for Fear” and by the first 3 seconds you’ll begin to realize it’s not noise that they’re necessarily talking about. Beats of every kind and nature fill your ears and take you on a bumpy ride seeing as the song is a blunt political protest. Though, not all tracks have political agendas. If you choose “Backbeat” you’ll be taken on a completely different and almost obscure adventure.
The Art of Noise also doesn’t limit itself to one beat or one sound, or one melody—which is perfect for the group and their entire “being” as noise can be an embodiment of so many sounds. And the best part of it all is the fact that they juxtapose heavy, somber tones with quirky and upbeat vibes. The best example of this is found in “Beat Box”.
What seems to be the most popular among fans, are tracks “Close (To the Edit)” and “Moments in Love”; two very different songs but quite “ear-catching” nonetheless. The latter, a ten-minute track features electronica at its best.
Of course, the album as a whole is quite random and at first listen, odd and peculiar. However, it fits well with who the group is and what music they set out to play. After all, noise can be anything and their version of it should not be overlooked.