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HOT RATS

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.34 | 1608 ratings

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Ruglish
3 stars Very good jazz/blues/prog (with the emphasis on jazz), but a little too much filler to make it a truly satisfying experience.

FZ's famous -sometimes hilarious, sometimes offensive and sometimes plain revolting - satirical escapades are absent here, and the album is much better for it. That's not to say that Frank's unique sense of humor is completely gone here, though -- it's simply toned down, but can still be sensed in the wry and whimsical melodies of perfect, energetic little gems like "Peaches in Regalia," "Son of Mr. Green Genes" and "Little Umbrellas."

But even though "Hot Rats" is very restrained compared to many of Zappa's other works, the man still seems a little too much in love with himself. The guitar solo in "Willie the Pimp" should have been shortened at least in half, and "The Gumbo Variations" is about as pointless a jam as you're ever going to hear.

Ruglish | 3/5 |

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