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BLUEJEANS & MOONBEAMS

Captain Beefheart

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

2.51 | 57 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars If this site was swampbluesarchives.com I suspect this album would have a much higher rating. All but two of the tracks are nice swampy blues based songs, which lend themselves well to Don Van Vliet's raspy vocals. These songs, for what they are, are not bad at all. But hardly progressive. Or prog.

Now, for the remaining two tracks. These drag the album down. "Further Than We've Gone" is a bland ballad, where The Captain appears to be trying to become the next Joe Cocker. As if we needed another one. IMHO, thoseguys who sound like they are all screamed out, and just have little strands of decimated vocal cords left have no business trying to sing songs like this. Cocker, Stewart, Seger, all of you. Just stop. It doesn't work.

And on the title track, "Bluejeans & Moonbeams", Beefheart's voice doesn't sound so bad, but the song is so dry and maudlin, it bores to tears.

Just two stars, for lack of progness.

Evolver | 2/5 |

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