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  • Eleven: Eleven [Matador, 1993] C+

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Eleven: Eleven [Matador, 1993]
Already a veteran of three bands that meant a great deal to their tiny complement of fans and bubkes to everyone else (Dangerous Birds, Uzi, and Live Skull--how could you forget?), Thalia Zedek is now an established cult heroine. Read her notices and you'll learn that Come is both her song move and her blues move; listen to the music and you'll notice a few flatly projected melodies and some slide guitar. Since her lyrics range from unintelligible to incomprehensible and a groove would be too kind, we're left with a sound--the raw stylization of one woman's alienation. Those who happen to have been captivated by her "dark," "androgynous" live shtick can read into this alienation what they will--most likely some parallel to or complement of their own, which is most likely different. Those who haven't needn't worry their heads about it. C+