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Hectic Watermelon


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.29 | 7 ratings

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5 stars I finally found this album.

After nearly 2 years of searching this album after I heard previews of the album through a good friend of mine, I finally found a copy of this disc for myself.

Never before have I been obsessed about an album. Until now.

Many people, including prog faithful, don't like a record where every track sounds different. It makes it very difficult to latch onto the style of the record, and the band, especially when it's a debut album. However, I applaud John Czajkowski's work on this album. Every track is different, which is good, because otherwise every track would sound the same and that would be boooooooooooring.

There's really no correct way to review an album like this other than to convince the reader to buy the album and listen to it for themselves. Czajkowski's amazing technical playing has been present on nearly every album he produces, and "The Great American Road Trip" is no exception. What sets this apart from most others, however, in my mind, is the humor and experimentation present here. Indeed, it's not everyday you get to hear a "post-Zappa commando-fusion" band come out of San Diego, California and have any relation to the names James Brown, Frank Zappa and Jerry Goodman.

It's a fun album. There's actually no other way to describe it. If you listen to this album, any song at all on it, and you don't have a smile on your face at track's end, then you're not a human being. That, therefore, only means that your body must be purged from this world.

Apparently, this album must be played in the car stereo while driving. While I love to listen to music while driving (I actually think every single song ever recorded sounds better in the car with the windows open and stereo blasting), I have yet to do so.

It's a shame this isn't a complete review to the likes of previous ones I have written in the past, but I have to listen to this album again. This album is more important than this review.

Buy it already. Or I will find you. (Actually, I probably won't. I'll still probably be listening to this album)

Wicket | 5/5 |


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