Back to Doom Abuse! This LP includes brand new versions of those two coveted EP tracks that were amazing live and have been played over and over in the House of VV. "Evil Voices" is a song about being caught up in your own negativity/misperceptions. It also happens to be extremely fulfilling to shout/sing along with. The version on the LP is basically the same as the EP, with the new version throwing in a few more abstract synths and sharper production. DEVO influences are apparent in the use of bleeps, bloops, and electronic noise. "The Unseen Hand" is the other extremely catchy one that got reworked from the tour disc. The Doom Abuse version sounds like it's been amped up considerably and a bit overproduced. Consider this one the kitchen sink version. It's loaded with a ton more effects, cracked-out beats, and is a good deal faster. Both versions are interesting in their own way, but the tour disc is a lot creepier and darker - the version the VVers prefer.
"Animal Needs" and "Help in the Head" on side A are both quick tempo bangers that are relatively straight forward at first listen. While "Animal Needs" seems to just simply list things that humans don't "need" it actually does a pretty nifty job of getting the listener to contemplate how deeply civilized we've made ourselves; how far the human race has strayed from what our basic needs truly are. It's an interesting reflection that somehow manages to fit into the package of a tightly paced track. "Help in the Head" seems to simply be a "tell off" song, but as the listening piles up it's hard not to think that as a famous singer you must meet a lot of highly deranged fans who may take things the wrong way.
"Lesson from the Darkness" and "Damage Control" help close out side B. Both are insanely catchy. The VVers continue to find themselves humming, whistling, singing these well after the disc has stopped spinning. Did The Faint write the Doom Abuse track "Mental Radio" for this sole purpose? "Damage Control" takes it distinctly slower than the rest of the album, which after all of that thrash and dancing is somewhat a relief. The song has some weird, high pitched slinky synth line that repeats up and down the scale throughout the track. Singer, Todd Fink, recounts conversation gone wrong with the closing refrain "Last night was the worst, I said a million things I shouldn't of said" as the slinky synth distorts into oblivion.
|Unlike many albums, Doom Abuse holds up on multiple formats.|
Also, this pie chart sort of looks like a record, right?
The initial excitement for the show and anticipation for the LP was so high it seemed impossible for The Faint to meet expectations, but somehow they did. The VVers salute The Faint for not being underwhelming. "Kudos Gentleman!"