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LÄTHER

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.97 | 138 ratings

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The Truth
4 stars I happen to be reviewing the reissue.

This might be my favorite album by Uncle Frank. I mean, there is just every part of Zappa's long discography in place here. There's the jazz fusion of Hot Rats, the comedy-rock of Joe's Garage, the downright rock of Zoot Allures and so much more.

Lather was a scrapped triple album because his record label wouldn't release it, instead releasing just a few tracks as single albums, Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt and Live in New York. What a terrible idea, this triple album (keep that in mind, that's a lot of music) keeps attention better than those three albums alone. It has something to do with the consistency of the variation, I'm sure (an oxymoron, maybe).

There are just some great tracks on here, Broken Hearts Are For Assholes, The Ocean is the Ultimate Solution and so much more. This is truly some of Frank's best material, I'm having trouble of thinking of a time when he was any more prolific and fun. I mean, he's always had fun making music, but with Lather he seems to be enjoying himself to the maximum. It is just a really great listen.

Get the reissue! Now! It is one of those lazy afternoon albums that you can sit back and enjoy with pride.

The Truth | 4/5 |

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