Itís impossible to ignore the leering elephant in the room when considering Coming Apart, Kim Gordonís first post-breakup and post-Sonic Youth album, especially given the title. But itís worth appreciating that this is not a solo record, collaborator Bill Nace has his own pedigree, albeit not as conspicuous. As Body/Head, they have produced a challenging and rewarding noise record that reflects both Gordonís roots in the early 1980ís no wave art scene and Naceís in experimental guitar.
Broadly speaking, Coming Apart can be described as layers of coherent and abstracted guitars underpinning Gordonís talk-sung meditations. Frankly, that could be terrible, but it isnít. In fact itís remarkably engaging. Through careful dynamism and bleak lyrical matter, the music achieves a whole greater than its parts. Stand out pieces include the unsettling and claustrophobic ĎLast Mistressí with its dark bitterness or the spacious menace of ĎBlackí which compliments and contrasts this.
Coming Apart is not a relaxing album but it is poignant and darkly beautiful. Together Gordon and Nace have produced a collection of art noise tracks that remind us of Gordonís significance as an artist and musician and illuminates Nace as a hitherto less recognised but no less remarkable talent.