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Zamla Mammaz Manna



4.20 | 114 ratings

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4 stars Would not want to be that family's neighbour'

If you come into FAMILY CRACKS from any Samla Mammas Manna works, this is bound to make you feel rather strange inside. If any SMM work like MALTID was a holly-jolly band happy to dance with the chickens, ZMM is chasing those same chickens with a cleaver in hand. It has many of the SMM pieces that made that band spectacular, but this is such a demented, twisted, psychopathic version of that band, to put it lightly.

The opening piano is only the calm before the storm; ''Five Single Combats'' is very brash, industrial, almost metal sounding piece of music processed through the SMM colander. As I travel through the first half, I'm thinking, ''this is bizarre; SMM went completely deranged here.'' Hollmer uses more synths on this album than ever before, and the whole sound is comparable to Present in terms of weirdness. The tension on ''The Thrall'' is spellbinding.

''Pappa (With Right of Veto)'' has vocals on it, and the only track of the album to extensively feature them. They sound more gremlin-esque than chirpy, yet carry over the nonchalant humour from SMM. ''The Farmhand'' is the only track here that I can picture SMM doing; it sounds just like a farm. Other highlights include the metallic sounding ''The Forge'' and the jazzier ''The Painting Short Story''.

I make too many comparisons to SMM here; that's because the structure of both bands are largely similar (they share the two Lars). Disappointingly, the drumming is too orthodox compared to what I'm used to from SMM, chiefly because Bruniusson plays on only one track here. Make no mistake, Zamla Mammaz Manna are their own band, and this FAMILY CRACKS is a real treat to bestow in your musical collection.

Sinusoid | 4/5 |


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