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The Residents



4.02 | 106 ratings

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4 stars Part cabaret part madhouse asylum. I'm glad to hear that 'Barney' the drunk from the 'Simpsons; is still on board for lead vocals on the first track...

One of the more difficult Residents albums to get into by virtue of its extreme oddness. You'll either love or hate this nonsense. Personally I can't get enough of it. This is truly screwed up in the head stuff and perversely it belongs on the Prog Archives along with their other releases from this period due to the fact that all of their albums flow as a whole in remotely prog semblance, albeit in a crazy manner.

At points 'Meet the Residents' can be beautiful but is sharply followed by being whacked over the head with a rolling pin for no rhyme or reason. This is about as far out there as you'll get on the Archives, sounding very much like a 1930's Berlin Cabaret hall. Certainly not one for Yes or Genesis fans, that's for sure.

A fairly dark but comical album that has faint similarities with Beefheart's 'Trout Mask'. That's really the only comparison I can think of...

This album makes me realise that the worst thing that happened to the Residents after 1979 was that they learned how to construct tunes. The spontaneity vanished along with most of the creativity. Back here in 1973 they were at their demented best where they sounded like they could barely play the instruments they held in their hands, but somehow carried it off in a way that was listenable and exhilarating to folks like you and me.

A one off band that will never be repeated.

Dobermensch | 4/5 |


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