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200 MOTELS

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.03 | 149 ratings

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Dobermensch
2 stars 200 Motels is a gargantuan waste of time and effort. What was Zappa's problem in the 70's? I loved 'We're Only in it for the Money' but he just seemed to have no quality control on his output after this. Far too many albums without consideration to posterity.

This is an unlistenable dirge that is supposed to sound all artistic and swanky with lots of orchestral sounds utilised in an artistic manner. There's nothing catchy or memorable in this sprawling 2 disc set which is an ordeal to listen to at just over an hour and a half.

It's definitely not the avant garde masterpiece it was intended to be. It's just plain dull with lots of annoying vocals, including Jimmy Carl Black 'The Indian of the Band'. The orchestral strings which so often enhance music, here just sound tuneless and pointless. Abomination is the word that springs to mind I'm afraid.

Dobermensch | 2/5 |

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