Ill Ease
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Live at the Gate (1998), 5/10
Circle Line Tours (1999), 6.5/10
Live at the Holiday Sin (2002), 5/10
The Exorcist (2003) , 5/10
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Ill Ease is the project of Elizabeth Sharp, former drummer of New Radiant Storm King and mastermind of Skinner Pilot's This Parking Lot is Being Monitored (Good Sin, 1997), who debuted with the single Devices and Lifestyles/ Slowest Sleeping Car Train (Smilex, 1998).

The albums Live at the Gate (Smilex, 1998), an experiment in beat-based lo-fi folk-rock, and especially Circle Line Tours (Smilex, 1999), containing the catchy Rockefeller Center and New York London Paris, the faux hip-hop of Saturday's Crossword Solved and her lengthy stylistic experiment Sick Groove, belong to Beck's "lo-fi" generation.

The transitional Live at the Holiday Sin (Smilex, 2002) is only good for about three songs (Dear Krazy, Whatever Turns U On, The Static's Beat). It was followed by the five-song EP Greatest Tits (Too Pure, 2002).

The Exorcist (Beggars Group, 2003) is a more focused work, whose best numbers sound like Lydia Lunch fronting the Breeders (Jersey-O-Matic). The hard-rock riffs of Junkie Go Home and Our Boss Mayor help relieve from the monotony of the set.

She's not much of a singer, but she's certainly a stunning drummer.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Paolo Latini)

Ill Ease è il progetto di Elizabeth Sharp, già batterista di New Radiant Storm King e mente pensante per Skinner Pilot su This Parking Lot is Being Monitored (Good Sin, 1997), che ha debuttato col singolo Devices and Lifestyles/ Slowest Sleeping Car Train (Smilex, 1998).

Gli albums Live at the Gate (Smilex, 1998) e soprattutto Circle Line Tours (Smilex, 1999), che contiene gli orecchiabili Rockefeller Center e New York London Paris, il falso hip-hop di Saturday's Crossword Solved e il suo lungo esperimento stilistico Sick Groove, appartengono alla generazione "lo-fi" di Beck.

Live at the Holiday Sin (Smilex, 2002) è un lavoro di transizione, buono solo grazie a tre canzoni (Dear Krazy, Whatever Turns U On, The Static's Beat). Viene seguito dall'EP di cinque pezzi Greatest Tits (Too Pure, 2002).

The Exorcist (Beggars Group, 2003) è un lavoro meglio focalizzato, i cui migliori numeri suonano come se Lydia Lunch fronteggiasse i Breeders (Jersey-O-Matic). I riffs hard rock di Junkie Go Home e Our Boss Mayor sono un sollievo dalla monotonia dell'insieme.

Non ha molto della cantante, ma è certamente una batterista sbalorditiva.

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