The Soft Pink Truth

Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Soft Pink Truth? (Tigerbeat6)

Beyond the Sea
On the surface, much of Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Soft Pink Truth? is an album of electro-pop covers of punk songs from Drew Daniel -- ex-punk-rocker, present Björk collaborator and Matmos member, and button-pusher behind the Soft Pink Truth -- that's perfect for apolitical dance floors anywhere. Rudimentary Peni's "Media Friend" is a rough-edged slab of programmed funk, and even Minor Threat's straight-edge anthem "Out of Step" is reengineered for a context in which every pleasure is chemically centered. But just when you're ready to slide into a long, thoughtless groove, Daniel slips in a line such as "Jesus was a cock-sucking Jew," from Nervous Gender's "Confession," upending everything. Punk's not dead; it's just digitized.
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