on the weird shit-o-meter, this ranks up there with
Surfer Rosa and Mag Earwhig!, which is pretty damned
weird. Later on, i plan on reviewing Mag Earwhig, so
check back here sometime soon. For now, this. I learned
about this album when I read Douglas Adams' last book,
"The Salmon of Doubt", and anything recommended
by Douglas Adams is good enough for me.
To give an idea of the sound of this album, if you've
ever heard Guided by Voices, this album sounds as if
they got some pianos and an orchestra and went to town.
It's strange, oddly poetic stuff. For the most part,
it's pure strangenes, and i don't like it. It's just
not my style. If you're a pure indie kid, you may like
this, but if you're anything less, then it's likely
Tracks I like include #3, Salty Dog, #7, Grand Hotel,
#8, Bringing Home the Bacon, #11 Conquistador, and the
last 2. so.. i guess i do like most of it. huh. Anyhow,
it's quite unlikely you'll be able to find this album
anyway. It wasn't even listed in the CDDB! I was lucky
enough to find it in the used section for about $8.
my final rating is: 6.5/10. It's worth $8, but no more.
and only if you like Guided by voices.