Jesu
"Why Are We Not Perfect?"

(Hydra Head Records 2008)Jesu - Why Are We Not Perfect?

You get the feeling that the title of this latest EP is a question that nags at Jesu mastermind Justin Broadrick. Judging by his sheer tonnage of output, you can sense that he may be trying to reach creative enlightenment by pouring out an unending flow of music. Seriously, by the time you're done reading this, a new Jesu EP/split/remix album will probably have been released. But with a track record as spotless as Broadrick's, it's tough to complain about his unyielding desire to drop music on our heads.

Along with an ever-growing back catalogue, Broadrick has the willingness to alter the musical makeup of Jesu from record to record. Gone is the towering guitar work from last year's minty good "Conqueror" full-length. Instead, Broadrick coats each of the five tracks in warm layers of thick electronic glaze. Sauntering drum programming and periodic stabs of bass round out and bubble through the whirring lacquer. That, along with the glossy production, combines to make a warmly inviting experience. And imagine, all of this from the guy who used to be in Napalm Death and Godflesh.

If there's any fault to be found on "Why Are We Not Perfect?" it's that it is only five songs, two of which are remixes. This is somewhat easier to swallow when you consider that more Jesu material is probably just around the corner, and that it will probably be awesome. If you're already down with Jesu, there's no reason not to pick this up; if you aren't, then what the hell is wrong with you?

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