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I MURDERED MOMMY!

The Residents

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.00 | 5 ratings

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TCat
3 stars This is another soundtrack of sorts to a CD-ROM game that was in the works to be released by the same company that released "Bad Day at the Midway". After the surprising success of that game, and the success of "The Gingerbread Man" which featured an interactive CD, the company decided to release this one even though the context and story was questionable. All I know is that it involved a verbally abused 13 year old boy and you can guess that he had mommy issues. Anyway, the game never got released because the company ended up going under and all hopes of the CD-ROM went away with the company. However, the Residents, being the type of band that releases everything they do, fleshed out the scraps of music they had put together and released this E.P. of all instrumental music that was intended for the game.

It's not as bad as you think however, I find it slightly more interesting than the "Bad Day at the Midway" soundtrack mostly because it doesn't sound as cheesy as that album, and the music is a lot more interesting and varied than it was for "The Gingerbread Man". Unfortunately, the album is very hard to come by because it was a limited release of 1000 copies.. The music is a bit choppy at times, as if a theme or melody is cut short and replaced by another idea. But all in all, it is actually more enjoyable than what you would expect. It's not "easy" music at all, but it is usually quite rhythmic and not so plastic sounding as some of the other Residents albums of the time.

Anyway, it's not bad for a listen once in a while and it's complex enough to be interesting, but never in a "Art Zoyd" or "Univers Zero" kind of way, more like a avant garde "Vangelis" possibly. I can give it a 3 star rating because it is good, just not good enough to be great though. At least it's probably the best of the CD-Rom or interactive albums that the band released around that same time period.

TCat | 3/5 |

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