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OF NATURAL HISTORY

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.14 | 228 ratings

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scarista
5 stars This is a quite remarkable and unusual album.

It is also an excellent album, which embraces the true spirit of what it means to be a progressive artist. This is a band who are not afraid to experiment with both instrumentation and musical styles. Some of the instruments used are home made and the musical styles are too many and varied to list.

I can't think of any way to categorize this band but this album contains sounds reminiscent of recent King Crimson, Tool, Meshuggah, and male vocals which at times match the operatic majesty of Peter Hammill in full flight. There are female vocal parts too but I can't think of a comparison for these - though I've read that others compare them with Bjork.

The music itself is very rhythmic and percussive and at times subjects you to something of an aural pummelling - it is by no means easy listening. The lyrics also conjure some harrowing images at times, adding to the overall sense of ease. This is perhaps very fitting for an album that seems to deal with the negative impacts of technology and that draws on the Unabomber's manifesto in making it's point. However those who are prepared to persevere will reap the reward of doing so as this release improves with each listen. Both highly recommended and essential.

scarista | 5/5 |

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