- Audio CD (March 31 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Atlantic
- ASIN: B0000062RU
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
|1. Desperation #5|
|3. About Nothing|
|4. Where's The Man|
|6. Cool Kiss|
|7. The Date|
|9. Jimmy Was A Stimulator|
|10. Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down|
|11. Mockingbird Girl|
|12. Opposite Octave Reaction|
The overall theme seems to deal with a cad or druggie with a semi-charmed life (or possibly several different ones). Even many of the musicians that play on 12 BAR BLUES are "outsider" musicians in some way or another ( Daniel Lanois, Martyn LeNoble). I assume the album titile is some kind of joke because this music is pretty far removed from 12 bar blues as far as I can tell. Vague Velvet Underground, Beatles and trashy 70's rock influences permeate these recordings though they're sometimes hard to put a finger on.
Actually, 12 BAR BLUES is something pretty unique. Clearly, a lot of care was taken to construct these songs and choose interesting instruments and sounds. "Cool Kiss" and "Jimmy was a Stimulator" are the hardest hitting songs, both sporting corrosive synths. Either would soundgreat in a really seedy James Bond flick.
"Lady Your Roof Brings Me Down" is a kick, sounding like it walked off a Broadway stage with its dipping strut accompanied by string section, piano and accordian. There's some great piano elsewhere on this album, such as on the jazz-inflected "Divider." "Desperation #5" and "About Nothing" are both great, guided by souped-up drum machines and drenched in quasi-psychedelic distortion. "Barbarella," sung from the point of view of a rather articulate, insightful loser, really captures a sort of shambling majesty. Probably the best song and centerpiece of the album.
The quieter moments on this album are very good too. The melencholy "Where's Your Man" ("he's lost and gone again") finds our hero doing what he does best, yet "Son" finds him in an affectionate mood.Read more ›