Big Business | Here Come the Waterworks (Hydrahead)

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bigbusinessWhile Waterworks contains multiple tracks of heavy, low-pitch bass rumblings that fans will surely recognize, this disc also finds Big Business exploring more melodic territories.

 

 

 

 

While it is a mathematical possibility that 2006 could have treated Big Business bassist/vocalist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis more kindly, the probability of that happening would rival the odds on Owe Boll's Postal taking Best Picture at the 2008 Oscars. In the course of last year, not only did Big Business embark on a massive tour with the Melvins—a band whose influence on Big Business is enormous (along with Warren's '90s outfit Karp)—the duo was welcomed aboard the SMS Melvins as full-time members earlier that year. Their resulting collaboration A Senile Animal was the Melvins' best release in ages.

As fantastic as A Senile Animal was, the beginning of 2007 finds Warren and Willis unloading Here Come the Waterworks, the follow up to their debut Head for the Shallow. While Waterworks contains multiple tracks of heavy, low-pitch bass rumblings that fans will surely recognize, this disc also finds Big Business exploring more melodic territories in "Start Your Digging" and "I'll Give You Something to Cry About."

However, the biggest surprise on Waterworks, arrives with the record's final track. Running seven minutes, "Another Beautiful Day in the Pacific Northwest" has Big Business showing off their inner Pelican with a touch of Zombi tossed in for good measure. Absent Warren's booming vocals, this instrumental number is a striking way to close Waterworks out. While it is not a quantum leap forward in Big Business' development, Here Come the Waterworks has enough tweaks and twists to hint this duo's best work is shortly at hand. B+ | David Lichius

RIYL: The Melvins, Karp

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