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APOSTROPHE (')

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.97 | 458 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars As a Zappa neophyte I can't compare Apostrophe's to his other works, but to any investigating Zappa's work should know that this album is a pure joy to listen to.

In general, this release features tongue-in-cheek songwriting played with a bluesy, classic rock sound, punctuated by exceptional shows of musicianship and zany lyrics made serious by their excellent delivery. The opening suite is a silly series of connected events which flows, cooks, and grooves all at once-- with frantic, bluesy shredding throughout. Very catchy, polished and varied in its sounds.

Cosmik Debris is probably my favorite song, with its low, gravelly blues feel, guitar solo and exciting bridge-- and lyrics pointing fun at New Age everything. The instrumental title track features upbeat, heavy, bass-led grooves making for a nice change of pace before the silly closer. Musicianship throughout the album is truly first rate, with interesting rhythms, melodies, and effects. I found myself laughing and engaged with every song.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a classic rock sound; Zappa's sense of humor, fine musicianship, and memorable guitar sound are sure to please.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |

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