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Retail Slut: Burning from the Outside (Cleopatra Records)

By: DJ Dysdynia

From possibly the most famous street in California, Melrose Ave., comes a new compilation called "Retail Slut: Burning from the Outside." Retail Slut has been in the industry of providing fashion for the gothic, industrial, punk and freaks of all kind for many years. Now, they are trying their hands at a gothic industrial compilation in conjunction with Cleopatra Records. The CD begins with a hard to find track by Switchblade Symphony called ?Clown : Razed in Black vs. Transmutator remix,? which is a slower, darker, electronic assemblage of the original song found on ?Serpentine Gallery.? Next, there is a live version of ?Romeo's Distress? by Rozz William's Christian Death, which unfortunately is of bad bootleg quality. The track is full of distortion and the vocals are barely audible, which is a poor representation of this great song. Also featured are techno industrial artist Birmingham 6's ?Love child,? Alien Sex Fiend's Goth classic ?I Walk the Line,? and March Violet's sassy ?Snake Dance.? ?Burning from the Outside? contains some lesser known artists like The Enemies, Aenea, Cut Rate Box, and a group doing a simplistic, droning version of Boy George's ?Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? called Shiny Housewife. In this reviewer's opinion the CD doesn't offer any more varied selection than any other compilation on the market and the limited edition tracks, however, good, can't make up for it's short comings in production and selection.
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