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Frank Zappa



4.02 | 602 ratings

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The T
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3 stars The music of FRANK ZAPPA is an acquired taste, no question about that. A taste that I haven't been able to acquire, I must say.

For the sake of brevity, I'll just say that I can feel there's a genius at work when I listen to this album (and most of ZAPPA's music, especially "Hot Rats") but I can't lie and say it's something that gets to me, to what makes me tick. The strong americana flavor, the excessive humour, the disdain for singing (extremelt related to the last point), I'm not sure what it is that stops me from enjoying this artist's offer. I can detect the jazz, I can detect the knowledge of music and the use of dissonances and complex time signatures, and I appreciate all of that.

I just can't see a song in all of this. And as in any kind of music that bears the word rock in its title, I always want to find a song hidden beneath the sounds. There's a few here that barely hit the mark, but the humour and excess just kills them for me.

We all need to hear some ZAPPA if we want to really understand and learn more about rock music; that we all will like it, now I'm not so sure about that.

Anyway, I can't rate it higher because I just can't like it. But I can't rate it lower, as the art and the genius is here. So, a 3-star rating will do.

The T | 3/5 |


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