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9/10 Mike Staff review, 16 May 2012
Not too long ago we got in a 7” from this inter-generational oddball pairing of Ariel Pink and R Stevie Moore and it was much more accessible than expected, but I still wasn't sure how this would translate to a 20-song album, and whether their experimental sides would get the better of themselves and they'd spoil it with a succession of 20 second pop songs and then a giant screeching noise-fest for 90% of the tape or something similarly self-sabotaging.
Imagine my delight when instead of that I'm just confronted with a load of weird '60s-influenced pop songs, with the emphasis firmly on catchy melodies and head nodding grooves. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of experimenting around on here as well, including some instrumental tracks that sound like Dilla's delirium nightmares...in fact in general the piecemeal aspect of this album, with the instrumentals, interview samples, skits, silly vocal riffs and short, weird pop songs, give it an overall feel that isn't too far from a hip-hop mixtape...but as made by Captain Beefheart! Phil says it's like the Flying Pickets. It's genuinely fun and it's improving my day. I hope this isn't the last we see of this obviously fruitful friendship. Seems to me these lads really bring out the best in each other.
I thought that the “Album sampler” that's written on the cassette was some kind of joke about the amount of tracks on the album but Business Lady tells me it's just a taster for some forthcoming 60-track epic and now I see from the press release that this is true. Can I get a “what the fuck”?
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