Trout Mask Replica review by Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band

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  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (12 votes)
Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica

Sound — 9
The album sound lives up to it's reputation as the most bizarre album ever recorded on vinyl with zoot horn rollo's strange guitar and captain beefheart's voicings and untrained saxophone playing. The album is definitely difficult to listen to like "kid a" or "the clown" but has a infectious groove on songs like "The blimp" and "When Big Joan Sets Up" which set an amazing atmosphere of anachtic beauty on the album.

Lyrics — 7
The lyrics are lyrics Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta)would be proud of, The albums lyrics, if listen to very well, references the holocaust (Let the devils burn and the beggar learn On Frownland), sexuality (When Big Joan sets up) but is hidden behind intricate metaphors and wordplay released by the harsh, mellow growl of Don von vliet AKA Captain Beefheart, who has taken the theory of 'melody' and has thrown it out of the window and has what we would now as rapping the lyrics but then would be known as improvising random words.

Overall Impression — 9
The album will never be compared to any sort of experimental music album, not even radiohead, the mars volta, even muse. The album stands on it's own as a surreal, anarchtic, sonic and proto punk blues which stands today as a landmark of music, taking errors and making a masterpiece of those errors.

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    In response to numb82's review: Radiohead, the Mars Volta and Muse aren't experimental bands. If you like this album, check out the Butthole Surfer's Locust Abortion Technician. Seriously.
    lol, Radiohead and Muse experimental? Not really, though they'd like to appear that way.
    i downloaded this album and listened to the first 5 songs or so... then i deleted the album