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Frank Zappa



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Man With Hat
4 stars Wow, this album is really different for Zappa. Very toned down. No more vibes, horns, and the such dominating parts of songs, although these do appear although slightly. This album sticks to the usual guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard aspect of music. Much more of a rock album. However, I still believe that this is still a great album. (Just a note: I find it funny how this album, being stripped to the minimum, and Studio Tan, with everything under the sun on it, follow one another)

Now for the review: The album starts strong with Wind Up Working....I love the vocal performance on this one. Also, the song provides a certain amount of humor on this album. Next is the stunning Black Napkins. A great Zappa solo is presented here. Also, a note that the drumming is exceptional as well. Beautiful piece. Next is the strange, dark, erie, and fantastic The Torture Never Stops. I absolutly love the vocal and lyrics to this song. Very well done. Also, love the mood set up by the lack of music and the erie piano (if that's it) notes in the background. My only complaint is i would have prefered more guitar work and less woman. But, it still works great. The next three songs, show off the sexual conotation of Zappa's work, Minus Friendly Little Finger which is an instramental and only sexual in name. Wonderful Wino follows. A good song, nothing fantastic, although funny at times. Following this is the magestic Zoot Allures. I love the intro to this song. Wonderful guitar at all times. One of his better instramentals. Finishing off the album is Disco Boy. An odd song about one man's stuggle to get some. Funny at times, but again not a stellar song.

All in all, this is a solid record. Some really good moments (WPWIAGS, Zoot Allures, Black Napkins, TTNS) and some average outings (FHF, Disco Boy). A must of Zappaists and a good addition to the rest of the world. Recommended.

Man With Hat | 4/5 |


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