Tim Kinsella. He’s a polarizing force in music and has been for quite some time, at least here in Chicago. From his days as in Cap’n Jazz through his time in Owls, Make Believe, and (yes) Joan Of Arc. Kinsella’s work (despite occasional melodic bursts) is challenging and something that 99% of most people just won’t “get.” I’ve always been fascinated by Tim Kinsella’s music even though I often find it frustrating and confounding but also inspiring. There is a beauty in it even when it sounds dissonant and decidedly un-harmonious. So yeah, Tim’s latest album as the frontman of Joan Of Arc, Boo! Human is another slab of his brutally honest and totally unique music. It may be full of the group’s signature off-kilter rhythms and densely jilted upbeat melodies as well as Kinsella’s obtuse lyrics, but there are moments of darkness and anger that are downright creepy. On Boo! Human, Joan Of Arc’s twelfth full-length album, there are times Tim lashes out with scathing furiousity and other times he sounds penetrated and vulnerable. This is the emotional roller coaster than Joan Of Arc can often be. Even though I write this with a critical ear, there is something different (for me) about this album and it really made much more of an impact that I thought it would. Without going back and spending hours going through Joan Of Arc’s back catalog, my first reaction is to say that this is my favorite record of theirs to date, or at least as good as anything else they’ve released.
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