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Anthony H.
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5 stars Frank Zappa: Apostrophe (') [1974]

Rating: 9/10

Great googly moogly!

Apostrophe (') is yet another essential Zappa album from the 70s. This album is the logical continuation of Over-Nite Sensation; I consider the two to be companion pieces. On Apostrophe ('), Zappa builds upon the twisted rock n' roll that he explored on Over-Nite and incorporates elements and motifs that had previously characterized his work: zany storytelling, guitar instrumentals, and social commentary. The result is an album that is even more well-rounded, engaging, varied, and memorable than its superb predecessor. This is yet another testament to the musical might that Frank so triumphantly possessed.

"Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" is one of Zappa's signature tunes, with a great main hook and lyrics. "Nanook Rubs It" is Zappa's greatest storytelling piece. Even when one ignores the priceless lyrics, the guitar licks are absolute perfection. Brass arrangements and mallet percussion show up on "St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast", and the "Yellow Snow" suite concludes with the energetic "Father O'Blivion." "Cosmik Debris" is a bluesy rock song with some fantastic gospel-choir vocals. "Excentrifugal Forz" is a short and quite complex track featuring impressive drum work. The instrumental title track is one of Zappa's all-time greatest guitar solos, not to mention Jack Bruce's incredible bass solo. "Uncle Remus" stands out from the rest of the album; it's quite serious in tone, with lyrics about racism. This track emotionally stirring for me in an odd way, and is certainly one of my favorites. The closer "Stink-Foot" is musically similar to the "Yellow Snow" suite, with more fantastically creative lyrics and guitar soloing.

I don't want to ramble on, because a long review for Apostrophe (') simply doesn't fit the music. Zappa crafted yet another gem here. Creativity, humor, and musicianship abound. Whether it's the off-the-wall storytelling of "Nanook Rubs It", the guitar rock of the title track, or the emotional gospel-rock of "Uncle Remus", anybody who even passively appreciates Zappa's music should find something to enjoy here. Frank restores my faith in humanity.

Anthony H. | 5/5 |


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