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John Zorn Locus Solus
Four different parts, each played by a different trio, make up Locus Solus-- a record comprised entirely of no-wave improvisational compositions. Zorn is the only constant throughout, though the record isn't as fragmented as would be expected from that fact. The album is also surprisingly engaging; this is a difficult, atonal listen, but manages to hold attention for over an hour. Zorn himself, looking back on this record (it is one of his first) called it 'weird,' and if the man himself says that, you know it's really, really weird. 3.5
Bar Kokhba Lucifer: Book of Angels Volume 10
Well-performed and produced jazz record of the Bar Kokhba Sextet performing material from John Zorn's second Masada book, 'The Book of Angels.' The compositions are all nice; very easy to listen to, especially compared to the majority of Zorn's discography. Personally, it's a little too tame to be enjoyable all the way through; however, it is nonetheless an impressive record, and I certainly appreciate the musicianship and composing skill on display. 3.4
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Bleed American is a much simpler record than any of Jimmy Eat World's previous (bar perhaps the self-titled debut). To me, it's too simple, and too predictable, really lacking 'oomph' for much of its duration. The title track is very good, and the closer is heartfelt, but the derivative poppiness of the affair bores me more often than not. Furthermore, the proliferation of female vocals in the second half feels cliched (even if they are well-performed). 2.5
John Zorn Spy vs. Spy: The Music of Ornette Coleman
One of the most chaotic albums I have ever heard. Two saxophones, two drummers, and a bassist playing Orenette Coleman tracks at blistering speeds, blurring the line between jazz and hardcore. The musicianship is stellar throughout, and I dig the boomy production style. That said, the track sequencing here is wrong: the first two-thirds of the record comprise twelve turbulent, nearly impossible to follow numbers, and the final third (comparatively) slows things down, with more accessible tunes. The flow of the album is thus compromised-- a more even distribution of accessible amongst inaccessible would render both parties more distinct; as it
John Zorn Taboo and Exile
The second in Zorn's Music Romance series. The first was Music for Children which, funnily enough, represented childhood. This one (according to Allmusic, at least) is about that space in between childhood and maturity where everything is uneasy and you are caught between two worlds (the record title is thus illuminated: taboo, in that inhibitions are ingrained in this period of development, and exile, as in the feeling often associated with it; also, perhaps that taboo creates exile? I'm getting carried away here...) The music is, suitably, darker (for the most part) and more hypnotic than on Music for Children, but it stil
Ne Obliviscaris Citadel
Citadel addresses the main problem with Portal of I: length. This is a more focused, tighter, and less intimating record than its predecessor, and I applaud NeO for their restraint. Furthermore, "Painters of the Tempest" is the best song they've ever done. I suppose my own waning interest in progressive metal is partly to blame for why I don't enjoy this more- Citadel is a very, very strong record as a whole, and I have simply heard so much progressive metal over the last few years that I have exhausted myself of much interest of the genre. Many of the metal parts on here just bore me. Nonetheless, Citadel
John Zorn The Gift
This isn't actually a Dreamers' record (it's the third in Zorn's Music Romance series), but it certainly sounds like a Dreamers' record; and I keep giving them 3's, because while there's nothing wrong with any of them, they just tend to fade into the background too often for any sort of regular listening. There are a few exceptions to this rule on The Gift: "Mao's Moon" is absolutely gorgeous (one of my favourite songs by this group), "La Flor del Barrio" is excellent, and "Train to Thiensan" possesses some really cool sound effects. There is a strong surf vibe on much of on the material this record which, while present on some other

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  • johnnydeking29 I've heard a couple of songs, but am waiting for the cd - considerable hype!
    November 26 11:34 AM
  • johnnydeking29 Hey man, you heard the new (and final) Moonchild album?
    November 26 06:28 AM
  • BMDrummer wouldn't a 4.4 be closer to 4.5?
    November 6 11:22 PM
  • Veldin Enjoying all the Zorn soundoffs, keep 'em coming!
    November 4 11:23 PM
  • Mythodea Haha, has been so long since I wrote to you that I'd forgotten what my mesage was about! Anyway, you're welcome. I'd appreciate it a lot if you would give me your opinion on the album afterwards!Cheers.
    October 4 01:52 PM

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