Album Review: The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast by Matmos
Fantastic, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 90 Based on rating 9/10
Just as Wittgenstein found a way to explain the title's seemingly absurd notion ("Why, suppose one were to say: the cow chews its food and then dungs the rose with it, so the rose has teeth in the mouth of a beast") Matmos seeks unique ways of making connections -- and of course, music -- that aren't obvious. Though The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast's fractured nature makes it a somewhat daunting listen at first, in the end, its portraits end up becoming a self-portrait of Matmos, and it's a dazzling mosaic of sounds, ideas, and history. Even if it's not as cohesive as their two previous albums, it's some of their best (and certainly most ambitious) work.
Sound, in the hands of Matmos, is more than just a series of compression waves propagating through a medium. It’s a physical object that can – no, demands to be manipulated, augmented, extended, and recontextualized in much the same way a visual artist views the individual components of a collage. And while the case could be made that all music based around samples objectifies sound, only Matmos take it to such a level that they actually reverse the conversion: objects become the sounds that are treated as objects.