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LUMPY GRAVY

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.22 | 348 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars This is not my favorite Frank Zappa album if I have to by honest with you. It´s a pretty funny and strange album though and very unique.

This is not a normal rock album in any sense. The music on LUMPY GRAVY is a mix of the rock themes from the next Mothers of Invention album WE´RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY and some orchestral parts that Zappa made. There are also some themes that appear here for the first time and some themes that appear even later in Zappa´s discography. These ingredients are bound together by strange conversations and noises. The conversations are supposedly recorded inside a piano or something weird like that. I can´t remember the whole story, but some of the conversations are really hilarious and some of them are strange like hell. If you´re used to Zappa´s humour you´ll enjoy this though.

As always with productions that Zappa has his hands on it´s rather unique and innovative. His splicing of tape was at the time very progressive. It´s something that would also be used extensively on WE´RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY.

While LUMPY GRAVY is very progressive it´s a bit too strange for me in the end, enjoyable but too strange. I´ll rate it 3 stars though because I do enjoy it, just in small doses. I´ll recommend it to people who are tired of conventional music and are seeking something different. As a minimum you´ll be surprised.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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