October 04, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Cleveland...So Much to Answer For

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Cle
Genre
Reissues, Rock
We gave it an A-

Released with an obsessive 92-page fanzine, Cleveland…So Much to Answer For documents the two-decade evolution of achingly guitared northern Ohio noise — from the 1975 drone punk of future Pere Ubu founders in Rocket From the Tombs to current Cle classics by Cobra Verde (whose ode to underwear really kicks) and Ugly Beauty (who do an oddly engaging collage opera about summer on Lake Erie). Nowhere have so many loud bands (Pagans, X-Blank-X) found so much art hidden in their garages for such a long time. (P.O. Box 16613, Cleveland, Ohio, 44116) A-

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