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Naked City



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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars There are so many things I dislike about this album i'm not sure where to start. I know this one is rated highly among Avant-garde fans and i'm a fan of the genre but this is one album I just don't appreciate very much. It all boils down to my specific tastes in music. There's lots to like here as well, I really enjoy the sax especially when he's playing in a dissonant manner or just screaming away.There are parts of many tracks here that are fantastic to say the least. And that's one big issue with me, the way they tape and paste these different sections of a song together so we get lots of patch-work. All these different styles and genres in one 2 minute blast is not what I enjoy, in fact i'm not much into variety period when it comes to one recording. I don't want to hear Country (ever), Jazz, Lounge, Film Music, Noise, and on and on all on one album let along one song (haha). Okay i'm exaggerating but you get the picture. I'm not into "noisy" music either. And the vocals sound like they were sampled from the cartoon character The Tasmanian Devil.They are so lame it's not even humerous.

So this album comes off as one of those novelty albums I normally detest,and yet there is so much here that I enjoy that it make it unfortunate. Another negative is that there's 36 short tracks here. 36 ! Another negative for me is the guitar and bass both of which sound like they came out of some fifties spy movie much of the time. I don't care how good these guys play that sound and style makes me cringe.

I miss Zappa when I hear something like this. Someone who could actually play challenging, funny and adventerous music that i'm proud to share with friends. Still there's more than enough good music here to give it 3 stars and besides I don't want to upset their fans anymore than I already have.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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