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FINGERPRINCE

The Residents

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.74 | 59 ratings

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Evolver
Special Collaborator
Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars I own both the LP and the CD of this album. This review is for the CD version which includes the "Babyfingers" EP, that contained Walter Westinghouse, my favorite song on the disk.

Coming after the delicious but abrasive "Third Reich 'N Roll", this album demostrated a complete change in the Residents' sound. The songs are mush easier to listen to than the previous albums, and are an example of the minimalistic, but highly experimental sound that they would feature for much of the next two decades, and more.

The album begins with the eerie You Yesyesyes, a song that sticks in my head long after each listen. Of particular note is Godsong, a biblically accurate depiction of the Christian version of the god, with hilarious lyrics like:

God never really did like man anyway At least not after they started walking aroundOn their hind leg(s) And talking on the telephone Of course poor God's point of view wasn't easy now (to) understand He had invented man from dead things At that time there were no grave yards to rob So He had been forced to use dead worms, some sea weed That had laid out on the beach for quite a while.

But the best song is the hypnotic Walter westinghouse, from the above mentioned "Babyfingers" EP. This is a wonderful, weird, electonic piece, containing a bizarre conversation between Walter (Does he dig tunes?) and his wife.

Evolver | 4/5 |

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