Dani Siciliano - Slappers
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Dani Siciliano
Slappers
(K7)

Also known as the main voice behind a good portion of tracks by Herbert (with vocals that especially shined on Bodily Functions and Scale), Dani Siciliano has also released solo material and Slappers finds her dropping her second full-length of original material. Jumping around between genres like crazy and throwing in a little of everything from house to soul to disco (and even country and blues if you want to get nitpicky), this newest eleven track album is truly all-over-the-place.

At times, the disc stuns, as on the opening, album-titlted "Slappers," where juicy bass stabs burst out over choppy, funked-out beats and some seriously excellent vocals from Siciliano as tempo changes and an odd but fun arrangement really allow her to show off her vocal chops. "Why Can't I Make You High" is a weird little ho-down electronic-country stomper that somehow doesn't manage to sound out of place (as pitch-bent guitars and upright bass squiggle through the housey rhythm).

Musically, her hyper-sampled material definitely calls to mind that of Herbert at times, and although he didn't have a huge hand in the release, his production contributions probably have something to do with that. "Be My Producer" is a perfect example, as the beats on the track are comprised entirely out of vocal samples from Siciliano. On the track, some minimal chime melodies fill in around the clicky, crisp beat programming, and the more breathy vocals of Siciliano seem to drizzle into the cracks.

I'm not sure if it's the lack of a cohesive statement that Herbert albums usually have in terms of guiding, but one of the definite lacking points of Slappers are the lyrics. It's probably too much to ask to have more poignant words in every track, but like the music on the release, the lyrics seem a bit random as well in places (and are sometimes a bit cringe-worthy). At times outstanding (the straightforward thumping electronic pop of "Too Young") and at others a bit frustrating (the overlong and somewhat boring "Frozen"), Slappers is a bit too uneven to be essential.

rating: 6.7510
Aaron Coleman 2006-09-28 21:29:35