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Captain Beefheart



3.90 | 76 ratings

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4 stars This is a very good effort, yet it doesn't quite have as much punch as some of the other albums i have heard, namely "Trout Mask Replica" and "Shiny Beast". It follows a similar strong structure to these albums so it is definetly for fans of those albums, this album isn't quite as weird which i think is a good thing as it makes this record more accesible. Some of the songs seem like they have been taken more time in creating, the production here is fine but not as good as on "Trout Mask Replica". This album has some memorable pieces such as "Her Eyes are a Blue Million Miles". This is an excellent bluesy piece which shows off some standardly written emotions from the man himself. The lyrics are pretty normal for something the captain has written. This is what makes this track standout. I think the other two masterpiece on this album are "Clear Spot" and "Big Eyed Beans from Venus". The latter has excellent guitar work allowing for some great build ups. "Clear Spot" is an energetic piece, maybe this should have been placed earlier on the album is it pulled me into this record more than any other track.

The other tracks on the record are very good, each having their own qualities. The best of the rest include "Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man", "My Head is My Only House Unless it Rains" and "Crazy Little Thing". This album is usually sold in a double pack with "The Spotlight Kid" and is definetly the better of the two. I think the captain and the band may have been pressured with 2 albums in one year but this one is definetly a worthy and enjoyable album.

frenchie | 4/5 |


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