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YOU ARE WHAT YOU IS

Frank Zappa

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.66 | 291 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars While most of the music is not as complex as we have come to expect on a Frank Zappa album, "You Are What You Is" has some of his funniest, and his most biting social satire.

This album also marks the return (again) of Jimmy Carl Black, who adds lots of incidental and background vocals, and gets to sing the funniest song on the album, Harder Than Your Husband, where Zappa out- countries every country music writer. Also on this album is original mother 'Motorhead' Sherwood, who plays sax throughout.

Zappa plays a fine solo on Theme From The 3rd Movement Of Sinister Footwear, and adds plenty of his off-time, interesting compositional fills in I'm A Beautiful Guy and Beauty Knows No Pain, and a few other spots. But the highlight is really the lyrics, that strike at selfish teenagers, yuppies, drug users, politicians and organized religion.

The only lyrical miss is a pandering to Saturday Night Live, on the song Conehead

And this just may be Zappa's most singable album.

Evolver | 4/5 |

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