26 March 2012

CORDS Taurus No Bull 1993

By request


by Nitsuh Abebe

The Cords' two albums tend to be pretty monochromatic, so it's important to consider musical context when evaluating them -- by these standards, 1993's Taurus No Bull is definitely the better. That's not to say that it's particularly impressive -- the band can pretty easily be described with a single Babes in Toyland references, meaning that Taurus No Bull is a decent but largely unnecessary entry into late-period riot-grrl-ism. An interesting conundrum emerges, however: 1997's Hear! See! Feel! tend to fare better with this sound than Taurus No Bull does -- but at the same time, this sound was growing somewhat tired as of 1993, and it's practically unconscionable that the Cords should be releasing the same sort of work toward the tail end of the decade.

Not the best review the Cords has ever gotten, but a lot of people I know seemed to like them.

1 comment:

IHateThe90s said...