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5 stars The fate of the universe is in your hands! GO, NOW!!!!!!!

Of course, I'm talking about going to wherever you generally order music from, because this is an amazing album by an equally amazing band. With Vehicle, miRthkon has provided us with a veritable melting pot of genres, styles, and a very healthy dose of humor. They even have a song about Bananas, which seems to be a pretty popular thing with prog musicians. Seriously though, these guys do the whole "genre-bending" thing better than any other band I've listened to who are supposed masters of it. The music is generally on the heavy side, with a lot of jazz sensibilities thrown in. A big chunk of the album is instrumental, with only a few of the songs having vocals. Those that do are generally really fun, though, and include the previously mentioned song about bananas, "Banana", "Coven of Coyotes", and "Honey Key Jamboree". The vocals are playful and just a bit bizarre, with the last song there really reminding me of something Zappa would do. Sometimes throughout the album we're treated to the funny spoken word parts, almost a sort of narration to help carry along the story of the album. My favorite of these is the miRthkon company motto, which comes later on in the album - really fun wordplay going on here, always makes me chuckle when I hear it. The instrumentals on this song, as mentioned, are often genre-bending of the highest degree. They're just as playful as the vocals a lot of the time, and the titles of them fit well for a lot of the songs...for example, "Zhagunk". The beginning of the song really sounds like that to me, has every time I've listened to it. Amazing all around, really.

This is one of the few times I'll mention the packaging of the album as well. The booklet and even the back insert of the case both help along with the story of the album/band. The back insert has a rather long story in rather tiny writing, plus a hidden message for you to find if you look for it. The booklet has some funny little bits of art/related material to go along with most of the songs, too.

Overall, this is an album that is deserving of my highest praises. I'm not generally a fan of the genre-benders, but these guys do it so well you can't help but love their music. It's a fun, non-stop ride from beginning to end.

SaltyJon | 5/5 |


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