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OVER-NITE SENSATION

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.01 | 410 ratings

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Zac M
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Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Frank Zappa was always a pioneer in the realm of distinctive avant-garde music. On this release, the listener hears a more commercial Zappa, a phase that pretty much started with this album. Gone are the elaborate orchestrated suitesThis album, while it is more commercial, is still very good. The humor is still there and musicianship is excellent, as always. Now, on to the review.

The album starts out with the extremely catchy tune, "Camarillo Brillo." The usual Zappa humor is still there. Next comes "I'm the Slime," a funky song that starts out with Zappa's deep voice and then builds up to the catchy chorus. Next, comes a great guitar solo by the man himself. "Dirty Love," another catchy number, is not as quite as strong as the two previous numbers, but is still good and also features another guitar solo. "Fifty-Fifty" is one of my favorites on the album. It has a jazzy, uptempo shuffle feel and an incredible keyboard solo by George Duke. Jean-luc Ponty takes over after the keyboard solo, proving that he truly is a violin virtuoso. Next, Zappa presents the listener with another outstanding guitar solo. The song then goes back to the shuffle feel. It definitely is one of the highlights of the album.

"Zoomby Woof" is another Zappa classic. It maintains the complexity of the earlier Zappa outputs, while clearly showing that Zappa was moving forward in his career. "Dinah-Moe Humm" abounds in Zappa-esque humor. It is an obvious attempt at sexual humor, and for the most part, it works, although some might find it a bit offensive. "Montana" is the last track on the album. It's a good closure to the album, but not the best overall.

This album is a great one for any person interested in getting into Frank Zappa's works. It is accessible, but still maintains the complexity of Zappa's earlier works. Every Zappa fan should own this album. It truly is an excellent addition to anyone's collection. Highly recommended, four stars!

Zac M | 4/5 |

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