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NOODLES

Frogg Cafe

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.91 | 12 ratings

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Man With Hat
3 stars An albums that delivers exactly what it promised.

In a couple of ways this album is disappointing. First, out of a four hour plus jam session only 51:20 were released. This is made even more deflating by the fact that the liner notes state that was really out there stuff was left behind on the cutting room floor. I think the album would have benefitted from a bit more weirdness and experimental qualities. Second, there are curious use of vocals strewn about that, in my opinion, never help and at worst hurt the music underneath. (Apparently they were added after the fact for reasons unknown.) A questionable decision.

However, there is some interesting moments to be found on the CD. The two long tracks are the standouts. Eliche is an excellent jammy, jazzy song that never gets too repetitive or wayward, and can keep your attention throughout. Tagliarini is perhaps the most composed sounding here (with Fusilli close behind) and is a fun, toe tapping number. Having said that, none of the songs are really bad. The only real throw away track in my opinion is Oricchiette, but luckily it is fairly short. (There is even a guitar riff that they will cull from this album to use on their next album.)

All in all, this album seems made for three stars. Nothing on this album is really bad, but nothing is particularly excellent. I did hope for a more experimental attitude for this album, but perhaps thats my own fault and not Noodles. If new to Frogg Cafe, any of their other albums is probably a better staring choice (especially Creatures), but if you've acquired what else Frogg Cafe has to offer and are still hungry for morem order yourself a generous helping of Noodles. 3 Stars.

Man With Hat | 3/5 |

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