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4 stars We like your baloney.

eX-Girl is not the band that fits the avant-prog label in the ''normal'' sense of the phrase; they seem to fit into the label pretty much like Zappa or Beefheart (or fellow countrymen Boredoms and OOIOO). This KERO! KERO! KERO! album bases itself around and has influence in the Japanese pop and rock scene, but tweaks them into something that indescribably weird and fun at the same time.

I feel that this album might be a spiritual successor to the debut of the Mother of Invention (FREAK OUT). The main riff (even if eX-Girl's is more metal) of ''Disco 3000'' is like the niece of ''Hungry Freaks Daddy''. Both albums are humorous and sound like off-tuned stabs at their country's pop/rock music at their time, and both have this off the wall, rhythm based long ender. ''Space Mushroom'' is more avant Hawkwind space rock than the near free-form ''Return of the Son of the Monster Magnet'', but I can detect the lineage.

This is a group that really doesn't take itself too seriously. Try making anything serious out of the proggish ''Hao Hao'', the speed punk ''Puyo'' or the Ruins-like oddballness of ''Spaceman, Melon''; you can't and you'd be wasting your time trying. The pop-like catchiness with these avant twist really make long lasting moments of pure enjoyment as well as strong rhythm bases like on ''Revenge of the Kero Kero Kero'' (again, sounds like a Zappa title) and ''Dazzle''.

It's silly, weird, avant and rare. If you can find this album anywhere, check it out. It's more than worth it. Gotcha out.

Sinusoid | 4/5 |


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