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Frank Zappa



3.65 | 304 ratings

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4 stars FZ at his most scathing and non-PC. As another reviewer notes, the whole style of it is suprisingly uplifting, not at all depressing - you've just got to laugh even when the message being rammed home is about how dumb you - we - the general public can be. "Suicide chump" - not what you'd want to hear if you're put on hold by the Samaritans; "Heavenly Bank Account" - why not give your money to an American Bible-basher; "Jumbo Go Away" - not nice to those of us who are "big-boned"; and what can you say about tracks called "Harder Than Your Husband" or "Goblin Girl"?

As ever Frank surrounds himself with some great musicians including Steve Vai, but the album is mostly shorter, lyric based numbers. There are a few moments when Frank reminds us what a great guitarist he is - or was - probably my biggest regret in music terms was never seeing the man himself on stage.

This is a great album but if you want something that is more "prog" (or you don't want to play at best dodgy lyrics in your house for fear of upsetting your Mum/wife/children) might be best to go his more instrumental stuff like Hot Rats.

Phil | 4/5 |


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