OK, I’ll admit it -- there’s not a huge amount of commentary on the cover of this fine, fine slab of vinyl. But Bitch Magnet‘s Ben Hur -- along with Slint’s Spiderland -- is a classic, a founding document of post-rock, if you will, and I had to take this moment to shed a little light on an underappreciated gem. Let’s see if the KCMU posse agree with me, shall we? And hey, why not listen along while you read?
|“I love Bitch Magnet! This has really grown on me.”
“More great guitar work and hardly any vocals. A little disappointing, though -- it lacks the intensity of Umber. But still plenty good, especially the slow, smoldering tracks (1.2, 1.3, 2.2 and 2.4).”
“I agree with Todd. Good, but it should be great. Excellent cover shot, tho.”
“I wanna take this home. I think I hear something going on underneath the murk.”