I’m not usually a very bitter person, but this album is undeniably the third most “blah” album I own, the other two being Sounds of the Rainforest and The Songs and Sounds of the Humpback Whale. I guess this kind of thing isn’t so bad if you’re really into it, but this is one of those albums where you start the first track and nothing happens. Then you start the second, and then the third. There is still no sound coming out of your speakers. For these songs, it takes a good minute and a half before you can hear anything.
The song titles are really interesting, like “When the Breathing is Over (for Samuel Beckett),” and “Rain Delay.” Unfortunately, “Rain Delay” is essentially the same thing that is found on “Sounds of the Rainforest” only there’s some guitar riffs over it.
The inside flap reads “was played and recorded in the sun room near Lake Michigan with guitars electronics plastics and metal into a tascam porta 07…” And you know what? That’s exactly what it sounds like; a couple of intoxicated dudes with a portable 4-track who decided they wanted to record some weird stuff and listen to it later when they were sober. I know this because I’ve been there MANY TIMES. I never though any of it was worthy of selling though. But listen to this: if what you’re looking for is weird sounds with bizarre music that addles your brain and makes you dizzy, check out Mike Patton (frontman for Faith No More, Mr. Bungle). He’s done some solo stuff like “Adult Themes for Voice” and “Pranzo Oltranzista” that is way better than Fatalists. Also, it won’t put you to sleep five minutes after you start the CD due to the fact that you’re sitting in complete silence. Mike Patton’s experimentations are raw and vivid, and quite possibly will make you cringe. His website is www.cv.org/mp.html. Check it out.
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