By Steven Mirkin
Updated November 14, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

CONGO NORVELL They’ve cut back on the gothic melodramatics, but that doesn’t mean that Congo Norvell don’t still pack a punch. Mark Eitzel contributed vocals to five tracks, and his influence hovers over the entire album’s jaggedly dark, emotionally intense songs of alienation. Imagine The Ice Storm rewritten by James Elroy and starring a female Iggy Pop. A-