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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum



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3 stars Avant-Folk-Prog-Metal from Hell.

SGM's rather enigmatic nature make it hard to understand anythying about this album, let alone the band as a whole. My first impressions, based on the cover were something along the lines of "What on earth is this?" While some bands are hard to label as a definitive genre, this band seems to have made a niche of it's own entirely.

The album itself is sporadic at best, and confusing at it's worst. Though it contains some of my favorite SGM tracks (Ambugaton, 1997, Sleep is Wrong, Sleepytime), it's often incoherent nature puts me off to a degree. Tracks like Sunflower are slow, oddly timed and for the most part, boring in the context of the album. It was apparent (to me, at least) that the band was in the process of pinning down their own unique style and voice, and in the process made some problematic inclusions into the CD. The vocals are sometimes Harsh, sometimes Creepy, but fit the mood of the album perfectly. Even the female vocals add a (again) creepy and interesting dimension to the band. The odd time signatures, even odder instruments and crazy themes make this band a very unique, if somewhat challenging band to get into. Though not as challenging as some of the other bands associated with this "genre", it definatley could take a few listens to fully appreciate this album.

The lyrics on this album, however, are so incredibly cryptic, strange and all around confusing that it's best to just listen to the album as a whole, and not try to delve to far into the insanity that has spawned SGM.


Drakk | 3/5 |


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