Album #399 – Dub Housing

Album #399

Unfortunately, the best way to describe Dub Housing by Pere Ubu is a descent into madness. It was as if someone recorded their nervous breakdown and put it on record. As with the Modern Dance, this album continues Pere Ubu’s post-punk avant garde sound. The album was not as painful to listen to as Trout Mask Replica (the benchmark for musical weirdness) but, it certainly left me scratching my head. As with most post-punk, there is no melody here. The songs are rambling and unfocused. Heck, the lead singer can’t really sing. For some, this album is pure gold but for me, it was lacking something. There was no magic, no spark. This can be the problem with music sometimes. I guess I just have to realize that certain forms of music will never satisfy me and the two albums from Pere Ubu fall into that category.  Overall, I give Dub Housing, 2 out of 5.

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