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Frank Zappa - The Mothers Of Invention: One Size Fits All CD (album) cover


Frank Zappa



4.32 | 846 ratings

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3 stars So why do you listen to Zappa?

There are lots of reasons to listent to Zappa. Do you like avant-garde instrumentation and composition? Do you like quality musicianship? Do you like imaginitive guitar work? Do you like weird and fantastic lyrics? Do you like humourous yet serious music?

If you answered yes to those questions, One Size Fits All is for you. All of those attributes are enthusiastically present.

And yet I'm only giving this three stars. It's good, but not great. Let me try to explain why.

If I'm going to call something great (four or five stars), I expect to be captivated from the get-go. I expect to say Wow! from the first minute of the song, because all of the attributes that make the song great gel together. That just doesn't happen with this album. I can listen to something like Inca Roads or Po-jama People or Florentine Pogen or Andy and I can say Dang, that part is just great! but I can't say it about the whole song. Things just don't gel here. There are lots of good parts, but they just don't come together into a great whole.

Still it's a good album. If you answered yes to the questions I started out with, you will be very happy with One Size Fits All. But if you want to know what makes Frank great, you need to listen to Hot Rats, Apostrophe, or Joe's Garage.

ghost_of_morphy | 3/5 |


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