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TROUT MASK REPLICA

Captain Beefheart

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.81 | 251 ratings

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FarBeyondProg
3 stars Part excellent, part annoying..Welcome to the world of Captain Beefheart (and who can forget that magic band of his)

This is one crazy album if i may say so, i can really see what he's doing with a good bit of it but a lot of it i doubt he really knew what he was doing himself, spoken word passages intertwine with wierd guitar melodies and discorded sounds and atmospherics, there are some moments of sporadic genus, others of just and out of touch musician trying to invent and do something new and different from the norm, either way it makes for quite a good listening experience.

Now the production as you would probably asume for its time is very good, songs like CHINA PIG has this cool 'closed in' sounding mix where it sounds like there playing in a box or something, other times like THE DUST BLOWS FORWARD 'N' THE DUST BLOWS BACK and WELL have a cool spot on the album where the Captain gets a chance to shine on his own and let his spoken word passages take over, as for the rest there are some cool instrumentals, DALI'S CAR sounds like something a lot of post-rock bands try these days and just end up sounding the same doing, and HAIR PIE: BAKE 1 has some nice saxaphone solos in the intro;

Frownland - 9/10 The Dust Blows Forward 'N The Dust Blows Back - 9/10 Dachau Blues - 7/10 Ella Guru - 8/10 Hair Pie: Bake 1 - 9/10 Moonlight On Vermont - 9/10 Pachuco Cadaver - 8/10 Bills Corpse - 9/10 Sweet Sweet Bulbs - 7/10 Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish - 7/10 China Pig - 8/10 My Human Gets Me Blues - 8/10 Dali's Car - 8/10 Hair Pie: Bake 2 - 8/10 Pena - 7/10 Well - 8/10 When Big Joan Sets Up - 8/10 Fallin' Ditch - 7/10 Sugar 'N Spikes - 6/10 Ant Man Bee - 8/10 Orange Claw Hammer - 7/10 Wild Life - 7/10 She's Too Much For My Mirror - 6/10 Hobo Chang Ba - 7/10 The Blimp (mousetrapreplica) - 7/10 Steal Softly Thru Snow - 6/10 Old Fart At Play - 5/10 Veteran's Day Poppy - 7/10

My Conclusion? this album is defiantly a journey that takes a few listens to really get into, but once you do reach that center there really is a lot to explore and a lot of fun to be had, overall a very decent effort.

FarBeyondProg | 3/5 |

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