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siLLy puPPy
3 stars My second experience of the BOREDOMS is their third studio album POP TATARI. The band managed to garner a lot of attention by working with John Zorn and even made friends with Sonic Youth with whom they toured. They also snagged a few gigs with Nirvana and even got a major label to sign them. This is widely deemed one of the strangest albums ever to be released by a major label but since Warner Brothers also signed Mr Bungle it seems that they had their pulse on the underground of the early 90s.

Well, as usual the BOREDOMS offer a glimpse into the musically insane. They excel in trying to find the most irritating things that they can think up in a musical context and then develop it and turn it up to 11. The album begins with 30 seconds of some high pitches that usher in even more over-the-top musical antics to follow. Basically as i've already stated, the BOREDOMS are like a bunch of over-caffeinated kids who have also been downing lots of sugary snacks and are bouncing off the walls in every direction they can think of. Ironically this album seems to have a lot more cohesive "normal" songs in the sense that at least everyone is playing together albeit screaming their heads off with a noisy punk guitar riff extravaganza.

This is deemed one of their best albums of their early years but personally I don't think it's nearly as daring and out there as CHOCOLATE SYNTHESIZER which I prefer to this, however, this one has plenty of avant-garde craziness on hand as well and when it comes to this kind of sonic stew it is really hard to judge what is better than what when it's all so far removed from any musical experience you have encountered. I have only listened to this a couple times and perhaps it's a grower but for right now it's a little less interesting to me than the album that follows. It is still recommended for the musically adventurous who savor the most unorthodox craziness they could possibly find. Look no further than the BOREDOMS it's just that they take it further on CHOCOLATE and if i'm gonna go for crazy I want the full shebang.

siLLy puPPy | 3/5 |


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