|Reviewed by coLeSLAw in August 1996 online issue.|
|Well...they sure don't sound like anyone I've ever listened to.|
You know that ultra-bluesy feel to Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks", well, it doesn't sound anything like that. It REALLY doesn't sound like any Jesus Lizard either. The list goes on and on, because these guys (and gals) don't sound like anything. (Well, except maybe the Residents from time to time).
From the opening anti-time signature weirdness of "Arrive/Depart" and into the re-defining of inharmonic discord, it is evident that this album will need its very own little space set aside in your CD collection. The CD itself is blissfully inconsistent, otherwise I may never have made it through the whole thing. In the 12 years that this collection spans, we are treated to some of the most psychotic works ever put to disc, from not only the Space Negros, but a few side projects and other incarnations.
Erik Lindgren is the one consistent contributor, who plays mainly keyboard- type instruments (Moogs and the like). Although the other musicians vary, the general feel of the album remains...weird. Beyond weird. This is truly warped. Not for the non-experimental at heart.
Some of the album's highlights include spaced-out keys over a 1954 source recording from Uganda on "Uganda 1982", the free-form jam mixed with ambient street noise performed live on "EZ Listening Music", and the strange pop songs courtesy of Family Fun (one of Erik's bands) which left me wondering if I was supposed to take them seriously or not.
So all you Residents and They Might Be Giants fans, and general freaks who truly miss the pre-Casio eighties sound...this is your chance. Walk, don't run.
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