IAMX is Chris Corner, formerly of Sneaker Pimps. While his former band was steeped in the ’90s trip-hop craze alongside peers Portishead and Massive Attack, Corner’s new project was built upon the trippy world of electro club music and an added healthy dose of guitar. The Alternative, the band’s second disc, drags us all into the underground funk of anonymous eroticism set to a Bowie-inspired backdrop of new glam rock.
IAMX is cabaret for 21st century fans of music on the fringe. In a time when alternative doesn’t mean much and rock bands blend together to often sound like an incestuous bastardized version of what the music used to be, Chris Corner has swooped in to offer something offbeat enough to be intriguing, sort of like an industrialized Of Montreal, complete with the androgynous frontman.
As much as this album is about the excesses of late night partying, the quiet moments of reflection are equally as captivating (“S.H.E.” in particular).
Must hear songs: “The Alternative,” “Nightlife” and “Song of Imaginary Beings.”