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The Residents



4.01 | 20 ratings

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5 stars Usually, also quite experts listeners consider avant-garde music as a monothematic excursion into weirdness, dissonant sounds, with abstraction as a rule. That would effectively fit to some bands, such as early Faust's recordings (in this case chaotic noises, cut-ups etc. have an intricate sense of impromptu art)... this getting worse and worse as you listen to Revolution#9 by the Beatles. Residents' sense of avant-garde is miles away to be a random collection of nonsensical noises: their identities are obscure, but their music is clear, vibrant, moving, powerful. As they noticed that their early stuff was going to be shared in p2p programs, they decided to wrong-foot everybody with a new album of remixes: the original tapes would had been taken from their legendary 1971's Warner Bros rejected album, which, according to the myth, gave them their name, had been restored, and heavily altered. They created a brand new monster! This LP is guided by a strong, amazing, mixture of techno, club music, house, converted into something that nobody would be able to dance... soft themes appear behind the mechanical chill of the percussions, but it's really difficult to distinguish what's "original" from what isn't (also because several fragments appear to be VERY anachronistic). I must admit this extremely complex record can't be marked as a progressive one, but Residents' funs aren't interested their heroes remain within the boundaries of a certain genre at all, maybe they care of the countrary. If you love avant-garde, and you're ready to accept the genius of these wizards of obscurity, I am sure you will consider this one of their highest achievements.
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