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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars "Zoot Allures" is about as stripped down and bare bones as you'll see with a Frank Zappa record. Gone are the Jazz elements were so used to, and in place of that are more straight forward Rock songs. Oh, of course the humour is still here, and some of Frank's best guitar playing along with it.

"Wind Up Workin In A Gas Station" is an uptempo track opening with a drum roll from Bozzio. This is a funny song with high pitched vocals and some fantastic guitar playing. "Black Napkins" opens with a bluesy guitar solo that just goes on and on. Nice. More passionate guitar and some sax later. "The Torture Never Stops" is the longest song with Zappa playing guitar, bass and keys and Bozzio on drums. A two man show. Not a big fan of this one with the woman sceaming and moaning. "Ms. Pinky" features heavy guitar and deep vocals. This is a catchy song with some great guitar.

"Find Her Finer" is another one i'm not a fan of. So no comment. "Friendly Little Finger" opens with marimba from Ruth Underwood, and the rest of the song is dominated with some amazing guitar and some incredible drumming. "Wonderful Wino" opens with heavy guitar, and is just too funny. "Zoot Allures" has a different atmosphere than the other songs. This is lighter and uplifting with even some harp making an appearance. "Disco Boy" is making fun of disco, I get more out of the lyrics than the music on this one. Funny. I think "Friendly Little Finger" is my favourite, but there are a few at the top of the list.

3.5 stars, but easily 4 stars without the two songs I don't like.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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