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GINGERBREAD MAN

The Residents

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

2.58 | 26 ratings

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snobb
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2 stars Almost underground cult band The Residents recorded there kind of half-spoken, minimalistic played, with some electronic loops, album. Is this music unusual, experimental? For sure. It this music progressive avant-garde? I am not sure.

Very theatrical short compositions could be a good soundtrack for some unreleased movie. (Originally album contains PC-based animation on it). I can hear some deep tradition of FZ or Captain Beefheart there. But do these short grotesque minimalistic/primitive musical pictures have separate value as musical work? Ten compositions, 35+ minutes of ... music?

"Once upon a time I played an electric guitar and they said I was a rock 'n' roll star. Now nobody calls me on the telephone, so I sit and watch my TV all alone. Maybe if I put a bullet in my brain they'll remember me like Kurt Kobain. And the parasites on MTV would wipe their eyes and act like they knew me. But I wouldn't be a hero I'd be dead. Just a corpse beside a note that read. If you like to pretend you'll never get old, you've got what it takes to rock and roll."

Hmmm, ok, let say RIO ...

I believe that RIO/avant is one of most unpredictable area of tastes, everything there could be beautiful and terrible at the same time. Watching from musical point of view , I can't find attractive sides in this album. Or, let say, watching from prog-avant point of view.

Possibly not my cup of tea, but I hardly will listen this again.

snobb | 2/5 |

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