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Adrian Belew


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3.85 | 69 ratings

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4 stars After a stellar catalogue of works in the late 70's and early 80's, Belew finally found time to record his first solo album. This album is more like a catalogue of his influences, which to some is a very electic taste. There are songs that are remnicent of Frank Zappa, of King Crimson, of the Beatles, and even of the Talking Heads, but all the tracks are tackled with sophistication and a keen sense of humor. The album is dominated by the rollicking guitar synth that was used prevalently in the work Belew did with the Talking Heads and King Crimson. His musicianship is top notch, with sprawling guitar frills and meaty chords. His drumming is rather simplistic, but it gets pretty technical during certain parts of the album.

From the opener, Big Electric Cat, which was the single released from this album, the listener knows that they are in for a ride. With a dominating fuzz lead and a catchy vocal line, this song is a great opener that cannot be missed. The next song, The Momur, has a very quirky Frank Zappa feel to it (as would Adidas in Heat and Swingline), and is very fun to listen to. It also features a very Krimson like breakdown between the verses. Other tracks worth mentioning are Naive Guitar, which is an instrumental track that featuring volume swelled guitar, and some very textured synth work. Hot Sun is another instrumental that features entirely guitar synth, and is very enjoyable. Lone Rhinoceros features synth roars from Belew, and some very quirky lyrics and vocals. Swingline and Adidas in heat are very fun tracks to listen to, the first having a very Hot Rats feel to it, and the later having a more laid back feel.

Overall, this is a great debut album from a very Avante-Garde player. Solid musicianship and solid tracks create a very light atmosphere that is enjoyable for all listeners. 4/5.

Cygnus X-2 | 4/5 |


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