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FREAK OUT!

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.89 | 430 ratings

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crimson87
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3 stars My intention is to review every single FZ studio release. It's a hard task but slowly but shortly , listen after listen I think I will fullfill it. To be precise this album is not a good place to start with the huge FZ catalogue since it has lots of songs that don't have anything to do with prog and a couple of interesting numbers at the very end.

When I first heard this record I was really dissapointed with the music since I expected a psychedelic album like Jimmy Hendrix or such , Frank is not the proficient guitarrist we will hear on Hot Rats so don't expect mind blowing solos on this record. This record is also said to be one of the first concept albums , I expected a rock opera like Tommy for instance.However if it is a concept within this record is that lots of this short numbers are a parody of blues and doo wop , some of them featuring very agressive and unusual lyrics for the time it was released like Hungry Freaks Daddy , Who are the Brain Police , More trouble every day and others.

For us proggers , we should put our attention on the last two songs that have a lot of tape effects and unusual instrumentation (for the time) those are Help! I am a Rock and The Return of the son of Monster Magnet. Both of these numbers were divided into different sections and anticipated what the Beatles were going to do two years later with Revolution 9.

Labeled by some music critics as the best album of all time. I wouldn't go that far , this is not even the best Mothers album but , sure this record was miles ahead of anithing released in 1966 ( including Revolver) both lyrically and musically. So for the last two songs , some thought provoking lyrics trough the album and it's historical importance I will award Freak Out with 3.49 stars.

If you liked those weird songs at the end , their next album will blow your mind.

crimson87 | 3/5 |

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