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TROUT MASK REPLICA

Captain Beefheart

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.80 | 259 ratings

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aapatsos
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Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams
1 stars Trout Mask Confusion

This is probably the most atypical style of progressive music that has reached my ears. Atypical because there is nothing to which I can compare it and progressive because of the improvisation, experimentation and absurd structure (if any). I have a feel that this sort of attitude or approach could be better expressed in a film or a form of writing or poetry rather than in a musical format.

What I find is that I can not listen through most of the songs on this album, although there are exceptions where slightly entertaining (Ella Guru) and bluesy tunes actually exist (Moonlight on Vermont, China Pig). I do also find some sort of character in tracks where Captain Beefheart chooses to sing only (or rather narrate) without the support of any instrument (Well, Orange Claw Hammer). And finally, there is considerable enjoyment in the closing track of the album which is probably the only real highlight, containing a means of structure. I can not give an overall description of the musical style but can see the bluesy and jazzy influences here and there, components that also existed in the debut album - the only other Captain Beefheart album with which I am familiar and fairly enjoyed. When doing a quick comparison with that, structure and the principle of full songs are missing here.

Trout Mask Replica pushes the limits of musical expression to a point where I can not really follow. The album is too long to bear and there are numerous moments that I regard as pointless, even if others might argue. For an acquired taste this certainly is, but I am not entirely sure if it can ever be digested musically.

aapatsos | 1/5 |

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