:: Friday, July 07, 2006
THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING
well kiddies.. after 3 months and over 30 CDs.. it's come time for SPOZ to take a break from all these madenning album reviews and catch up on some much needed sunlight and vitamin C.. so, as a result these will be the last CD reviews you'll be getting here for a little while.. ENJOY!
(but never fear, I will return in a few weeks or so, with yet MORE music to warp your mind with.. eeeee!)
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - STADIUM ARCADIUM
in brief: chili chillout
rating: 2 / 5
there's a little theory out there in the music world that claims a musician's BEST work is when they're all young, pissed off and alone and that the WORST kryptonite to KILL off any artist's career is to get happily married.. coz you see, apparently ANGST = ARTISTRY, whilst HAPPINESS = A WHOLE WORLD OF SUCK.. and so, here we have the latest RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ALBUM.. and after 2 decades of everything from drug addiction, death, divorce and Dave Navarro.. finally, it seems, everyone is in a happy place.. happy families, good clean living.. all that yoga.. meditation and macrobiotic crap.. everything in shiny perfect harmony.. and DAMN does it show..
this double album could be considered their "valium selection" as most songs fall into that easy to digest chill out sunday afternoon vibe.. so awfully pleasant, so easy on the ears, so damn relaxing, with all those light, noodling, easy listening funk vibes filling our ears with soothing harmonies.. and sure, it's not like I have anything against all this happy "chill out" music.. it's just that, as nice as this is.. it's all rather forgettable.. and after 2 discs of this damn stuff, I can't keep my damn eyes open.. sure, there are however some cool songs here that rise above the average.. the occassional funk ditty that you can't help but sing along to.. but the album suffers from too much BLOAT that just drags the experience on waaay beyond it's welcome.. in a world of 30-40 minute albums.. sitting thru 2 hours is just TOO much..
so, this album would be ideal for a "morning after" hangover album, or something to lull babies into a gentle slumber (perhaps it'll do wonders for the "WIGGLES" crowd), and it does possess some cool tracks.. but for me.. the entire experience just leaves me narcoleptic, give me CALIFORNICATION or BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIC aaaany day over this.. a happy CHILI PEPPERS makes for one SHIT record..
highlights: DANI CALIFORNIA, HUMP DE BUMP, HARD TO CONCENTRATE, 21ST CENTURY
PEEPING TOM - SELF TITLED
in brief: schitzoid lounge mashup
rating: 3 / 5
MIKE PATTON, former lead singer for FAITH NO MORE, has been a damn tricky kat to keep up with in the last decade..since after leaving his "day job" in 1997, he's been featuring in an increasing bewildering number of wacky and confusing sideprojects.. first there was MR BUNGLE, then came THE FATOMAS and TOMAHAWK, then there was his crazy experiments with DAN the AUTOMATOR and FASHIONABLE BOY MODELLING SCHOOL under the name of "LOVAGE".. and now, we have THIS, his next sideproject.. the apparently highly anticipated "PEEPING TOM"..
so, what do we have to expect from yet ANOTHER sideproject from MIKE PATTON? well, mostly it's bewildering confusion.. as every one of his former incarnations are thrown into a blender to produce this crazy frankenstein mix.. equal parts schitzoid rock, cruising lounge jazz and mashup hiphop sprinkled with flourishes of temple sounds, funk guitars, choppy breaks, crazy rapping drop-outs and PATTON's signature multiple personality singing style all swirling around your head with a jarring, impatient sense of unease that makes your skin crawl.. with an overall feel that comes off quite similar to UNKLE's first album "PSYENCE FICTION" in it's chaotic range or like wot you would get if FAITH NO MORE's "KING FOR A DAY / FOOL FOR A LIFETIME" album was mashed up by DJ DANGERMOUSE with one of TRICKY's more difficult albums..
it's like we're somehow straddling the deep divide between MIKE PATTON's craziest experimental works and his more conventional crowd friendly FAITH NO MORE material.. so the results can be quite mixed.. sometimes it falls horribly short as everything churns into jarring instability (PATTON's distinctive singing style is usually to blame as it doesn't necessarily work with everything he attempts here), but when all the chaos fits together, we reach something quite brilliant.. impossibly confused maybe.. but oh so cool..
it may not be the easiest album to listen to.. you'll hate it the first time you spin it.. but give it patience and it'll be sure to grow on you.. ;)
highlights: MOJO, YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD SPACEMAN, CAIPIRINHA, SUCKER
and just like PORKY PIG.. mee..me.m..me.. that's all folks, see you 'round!
:: Spoz 5:30 AM |