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OF NATURAL HISTORY

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.11 | 197 ratings

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obiter
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2 stars I find the sentiments and moral lecturing of this album objectionable and patronizing at a level that only self-indulgent musicians can reach.

It's all a bit too cliche. Hymn to the Morning Star (that would be Venus/Lucifer then wouldn't it?). Oh and the donkey headed adversary: here we go again. Metally thrashy bits that to me lack any real grating edge: too nice, too clean: trying to be a bit too clever. Nevertheless there are some nice arrangements: the closing phase is particularly pleasing to the ear apart from the needless return the pseudo thrash.

Phthisis opens with real Soundgarden strength. Carla Kihlstedt's vocal lifts this song. She's not Chris Cornell (and yeah it's Bjork like) howver, she still lifts the song way beyond mediocrity. This is followed by one of the more likable tracks: Bring Back the Apocalypse: interesting rhythms: a wee bit of jungle, a smidgeon of Goldie?? At least for a brief interlude we are not being lectured.

FC Freedom Club. Sorry, I just find this a ridiculous inane diatribe backed by equally inane thrashy interludes which almost perfectly serve to detract from the theme. Gunday's Child suffers the same ailments. the 17-year Cicada is interesting and a welcome respite.

Just when you though you might be safe to return to the listening chair the Creature comes back to remind you that break is over and it's time to be patronized and lectured again. Having listened to this album a couple of dozen times only, maybe I will find some hidden revelation later, but at the moment it takes consderable will power to listen to this track right through.

What shall we do with out us, obviously not code ubuntu. i actually quite like babydoctor.

Cockroach like this song should be squished underfoot.

bottom line, an album that patronizes and lectures backed by cliched rock.

obiter | 2/5 |

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