One of the best releases I?ve heard this year, ?Words and Music? is one of those sets that make you reach for the comparisons to heroes that rock writers are unfortunately too inclined to list. But the depth and variety of power on these tunes recalls the masters as it maybe introduces a new one. You can hear Gang of Four, Sonic Youth, Big Black, and any number of Japanese psych/noise bands on ?Words and Music by Albert Camus,? ?Birds of Prey A,? ?Blues Eyes,? ?Words and Music by Bill Hicks,? etc.
There are quiet sections that drift into an ambient pulse that undermine the intensity of the set, and the brooding intentions clearly evident in other tracks. But just as often, there are frightening bursts of menacing noise driven by abrasive guitar and muddy bass. Feverdreams (Jerry Lloyd) shows restraint, and build up to a resumption of chaos. In promo notes he has referred to ?Words and Music? as his exorcism record. My sense is that there are few more demons floating around. His mixture of minimalism, doom and noise is unsettling, unholy and unhinged. Amen. 8/10 -- Mike Wood (26 February, 2008)