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Idiot Flesh



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4 stars After "Acid Rain" and before "Sleepytime Gorilla Museum", there was "Idiot Flesh". This eccentric band only put out 3 albums which saw some noticeable growth while they were together. "Tales of Instant Knowledge and Sure Death" was their debut album, and it is just as quirky as their last album, but not quite as loud the SGM albums. But they were still quite crazy and very Avant garde with a lot of humor throughout. You will hear where SGM got their basic sound, however, and thank goodness they gave us their odd sense of humor and excellently chaotic music under another moniker, with some personnel changes and with a much louder and upfront sound.

Anyway, this is still a great album, especially considering it is their debut album. This one is quite quirky with sudden changes in tempo, meter, vocal styles, moods and melodies throughout. If you are familiar with SGM's music, then you will know what you will be getting into here, just with less intensity and a bit less stability. The music is crazy and fun, yet it is very inventive and extremely progressive. Plus, the band actually sounds like it is have fun doing this. This album is not quite as good as their last album "Fancy" and not as great as the SGM albums, but it is still a fun listen. Just be warned that it is quite quirky and all over the place. Those that love the odd Avant Garde music of bands like Mr. Bungle and such will love this. I'm not going to try to describe it, just expect more funk and less heaviness than SGM. You have to hear it to believe it.

TCat | 4/5 |


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