Why is Le Butcherettes’ Cry Is for the Flies on my best 1,000 albums ever list?
Wildly and gloriously weird punk-y art-meets-garage rock. Just dig it.
Some stats & info about Le Butcherettes – Cry Is for the Flies
- What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Punk, Punk Rock, Post-Punk Revival, Alternative Rock, Rock, Rock Music, Hard Rock, Garage Punk
- Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
- All Music’s rating – 4 out of 5 stars
- When was Cry Is for the Flies released? 2015
- My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #817 out of 1,000
Le Butcherettes’ Cry Is for the Flies on Spotify
What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?
Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.
But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective take on what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.
What does Le Butcherettes’ Cry Is for the Flies mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?
I can’t quite recall how I stumbled across Le Butcherettes, but I knew I liked them a lot right away. I know the exact song though, which remains an absolute favorite: “Kiss & Kill,” off the album from 2008 of the same name. It’s gloriously garage-y, catchy, punk, and melodic all at once.
Over time I came to realize that Le Butchettes produce a wide range of musical output. They are a band who rarely play it safe, and so not everything totally works – at least in my completely subjective view. But the stuff that works really works and, in the increasingly outdated parlance of baseball analogies, their batting average is impressively high.
Fantastic example: when jotting down notes for Cry Is for the Flies, I wrote: “Poet from Nowhere” is wildly weird and I really like it. And man, is it! Dig it. I’ve written about many hundreds of songs across the first 180+ entries published on this here best 1,000 albums ever, and I’m not sure I can describe it better than that! Well, I’ll meekly try in relaying its great (weird) energy, vocals, and (weird?) organs.
I could write the same things about “Crying Out to the Flies” (a song title that completely makes sense as part of an album called Cry Is for the Flies, right?) except throw the word mournful in front of every noun. Wonderfully mournful it is.
“Demon Stuck in Your Eye” has that raw punk-y art-meets-garage rock vibe that first attracted me to Le Butcherettes, and it adds some wild White Stripes-esque flourishes as well. It doth rock.