No Surrender, 'Medicine Babies' (ZerOKilled Music)

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Medicine Babies
Critical Mass
Release Date: June 16, 2011
Label: ZerOKilled Music

by Barry Walters

Synthesizer is No Surrender's primary instrument, though this group's three New Yorkers (one of them Eddie Steeples, who was "Crab Man" on My Name Is Earl) rarely play it. Steeples does some rapping, but mostly there's whining and groaning and moaning and droning, and the results reek so strongly of sex, dissatisfaction, and revolution that it all feels like punk rock, even the drum machines, even the wailing diva cameo. The overall vibe is so commanding that TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe slips right in, unannounced, like a sweat stain on the furniture.

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