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Lost Highway
Rating: 5.2

In elementary school, everyone knew that there was something in the hamburgers that wasn't hamburger. They were those little, gummy, white pieces that would get stuck in your teeth. For some reason, mom's hamburgers never had those indefinable chunks. In order to enjoy such a burger, one had to accept the turdies mixed in and stuff it down as quickly as possible. I now know that they call that stuff "filler", and Lost Highway has got plenty.

Between some reasonably good tracks from Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson lurks the soybean meal, waiting to get stuck in your teeth. It is in the form of instrumental tracks by Angelo Badalamenti (returning from earlier David Lynch collaborations), that would be best suited as heroin-den background music. Sighing organ notes that seem to last forever, a dry hi-hat in the background; it makes for some serious chewing if you want to stuff it down and pretend to like it. Lost Highway is as dead as a greasy, institutional hamburger, and that's hard to swallow.

-James P. Wisdom



10.0: Indispensable, classic
9.5-9.9: Spectacular
9.0-9.4: Amazing
8.5-8.9: Exceptional; will likely rank among writer's top ten albums of the year
8.0-8.4: Very good
7.5-7.9: Above average; enjoyable
7.0-7.4: Not brilliant, but nice enough
6.0-6.9: Has its moments, but isn't strong
5.0-5.9: Mediocre; not good, but not awful
4.0-4.9: Just below average; bad outweighs good by just a little bit
3.0-3.9: Definitely below average, but a few redeeming qualities
2.0-2.9: Heard worse, but still pretty bad
1.0-1.9: Awful; not a single pleasant track
0.0-0.9: Breaks new ground for terrible

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