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THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: FREAK OUT!

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.93 | 639 ratings

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AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars One of the weirdest and delightfully psychedelic experiences put to vinyl. Zappa was out of his tree here and the music is totally off kilter even inaccessible. The mind job on offer is akin to an LSD experience and obviously catered to that hippy crowd. Who are the Brain Police? is quite disturbing with out of tune monotone singing and very ethereal effects. The music is dominated by 60s organ and spacey guitars. The album is oppressive in places and even spouts political messages that only the deranged may understand. Pink Floyd may have heard this and Syd Barrett may indeed have utilised ideas as it is a precursor to the psych space prog that ensued. Zappa and the Mothers were pioneers of zany humour in music and that is part of their repertoire. Perhaps this album should be catalogued under comedy as it is rather amusing. Some songs are full of whooping and hollering and occasionally people are heard jibbering nonsense that not even the deranged may understand. Its a masterpiece of high strangeness and deserves to be heard at least once and then perhaps discarded for the drivel it is. Nevertheless there is nothing like it and we can all be grateful for that!
AtomicCrimsonRush | 4/5 |

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