Next Magazine, April 9. 2004 -
CD Review by Gregg Shapiro
Appears in two publications
NEXT Magazine Website
Windy City Times Website
NEXT MAGAZINE (with photo of article):
SAINT EVE - ELIXIR
Saint Eve, the female fronted industrial dance band (think early Ministry propelled by XX chromosomes) traces its origins to gay and fetish clubs. It's not difficult to imagine Saint Eve mingling with the community, singing its songs about obsession, insomnia, and lust. A father's "pearls of wisdom" are discarded in "Secret Special Toy Surprise," a head full of voices haunts "Bete Noire", and an emotional hemorrhage floods "No Human Words".
Saint Eve adds electroclash flourishes to some of the songs, giving its nine inch nails a new coat of polish on songs such as "Good Intentions", "Reina Roja" and "Frame of Mine". Saint Eve close the disc with a pair of unusual tracks; the first is a cover of R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" in which the rapid-fire musical list is recited over simmering electronic beat and "Spring Cleaning" is a spoken word relaxation exercise that might work if I could only learn to relax.