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Bondage Fruit



3.52 | 37 ratings

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3 stars Bondage Fruit changed up their sound once again on this fourth album, taking all-instrumental route and injecting their music with influences ranging from funk to bluegrass to produce a deliriously avant-garde interpretation of the musical world. If P-Funk and the Rolling Stones got together to make a zeuhl album, perhaps the end results would sound something like this - but probably not, because whilst that sort of combination suggests a disjointed mess, somehow Bondage Fruit are able to make their bizarre juxtapositions of genres make some sort of cohesive sense.

At this point, I hesitate to call Bondage Fruit a zeuhl unit - they're way off in their own sonic universe which has very little precedent. At the same time, much like Henry Cow's In Praise of Learning - another avant-prog piece which represents the band in question at their most experimental - I find that it leaves me cold all too often. It's technically interesting and is worth at least one listen on that strength alone, but it doesn't have much staying power, the compositions tending to be dry and having little emotional connection. Part of the problem of jamming together genres quite as diverse as those they play around with here is that if you aren't careful you end up with the musical equivalent of constructing a sentence by selecting random words from a bunch of different languages - yes, it's technically interesting, and if you're really clever you can make the resulting sentence kind of look like it makes some sort of grammatical sense, but it's actually gibberish and there's no deeper meaning to it.

Warthur | 3/5 |


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