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Rain Ma­chine Anti

TV on the Ra­dio’s Kyp Malone is no stranger to multi-task­ing. A long­time mem­ber of Iran (whose re­cent

Dis­solver al­bum is well worth the in­vest­ment), Malone now takes to the field as Rain Ma­chine. How­ever, those who fell un­der TVOTR’s spell thanks to their Dear Sci­ence al­bum may be a bit dis­com­bob­u­lated by Malone’s solo spin, which is bleak, chal­leng­ing, in­tro­spec­tive, dour and of­ten an­gry. Malone doesn’t parry any punches on this heavy-hit­ting bout of metal ma­chine mu­sic. There are times when he does kick out the jams, and the re­sults are en­er­getic and sure-footed on the mag­nif­i­cent Give Blood and the rag­ing Smil­ing

Black Faces. All too of­ten, though, Malone comes down with the sonic and lyri­cal grumps. And, to be per­fectly hon­est, no one re­ally wants to lis­ten to that kind of carry-on, no mat­ter how arty it might hap­pen to be. www.mys­pace.com/rain­ma­chine mu­sic JIM CAR­ROLL

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