|1. Everyone I Went To High School With Is Dead|
|2. Chemical Marriage|
|3. Carry Stress In The Jaw|
|4. Desert Search For Techno Allah|
|5. Violenza Domentica|
|6. After School Special|
|8. Ma Meeshka Mow-Skwoz|
|9. The Bends|
|12. Merry Go Bye Bye|
I write music and this record did a lot to open up my ears. Some of the passages were improvised in rehearsal, and then worked into the compositions. This gives the music the impression of being "free" (think ornette coleman, cecil taylor) while managing also sound structured and thought out. This is an ingenious way to write music, achieving the best of both worlds. For a great example of this technique, check out the middle a "Carry Stress in the Jaw." Spruance plays an ostinato riff on guitar while Patton, Dunn, and Heifitz all play the melody with voice, bass and drums respectively. This passage was improvised with only an Edgar allen Poe poem to dictate form. It was later manipulated and codefied to create what you hear on the record. (All of this has been confirmed in interviews in which band members have expressed disbelief on hearing that people were saying that they were improvising on the record.) It's hard to put into words, but listen to this passage and you will see what I mean.
There are so many innovations on this record, it is amazing how assured all of the music is. It is, as people were saying a few years ago, all good.
If you don't like it at first, keep listening. But be warned! You may get hooked.This music is so interesting, it might just spoil your appreciation of anything else you might be listening to. If this does happen, don't worry.Read more ›
This must be the single worst album of all time for tripping.