Naked City
Naked City


5.0
classic

Review

by Rationalist USER (50 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2009 | 76 replies | 17,774 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: By far one of the best releases my ears have been treated to in a long while. Worth the time and the money, as it never gets stale or boring, only better, more innovative, and more complex a treasure upon each listen.

5 of 7 thought this review was well written

Throughout our years of life, we have gained the cognizance that, despite what others may falsely believe to be true, humans are not omnipotent and we never will be, for as we learn more doors of knowledge open, and infinite knowledge is impossible. If we find the cure to the horrid disease titled cancer, we will also need to find a way to find those resources, and then alternative resources when those resources run out. We also will face new illnesses, new wants and desires, new types of augmentation. And if one believes that something is perfect, someone else will find that all is not so perfect, and they will attempt to learn how to fix these problems. And because of this, knowledge is like a field of corn that grows perpetually. And it is here where we learn that juxtaposing genres to the point of complete insanity is not disgusting torture that only a sadist can exult in, but the average man, the norm of the world can exult in this musical innovation called “Naked City.”

This uncompromising, relentless affair is the epitome of original, as the album as a whole not only juxtaposes just about every genre created in the past century or two, but as a result, creates an entirely new style of music. To describe this new musical innovation, one must allow the thought of extremely high shrieks to enter a score alongside fast-paced, fee jazz dominated by alto-saxophone. After several seconds of that, random keyboard breaks will continue to appear throughout this track, as the rest of the band plays spasmodically over intense shrieking. One will have to allow the drums to play at a breakneck speed whilst enabling the music to remain (barely) stable at all times. This explosion of chaos would also have to break every musical boundary constructed. Saxophones will now screech and squeal rather than fall and crescendo. Drums will now blast-beat and then become non-existent; they will be here one second, then gone in a flash. What was once a calm and diaphanous symphony will now turn into a noisy cavalcade of instrumentation in a fraction of a fraction of a second. And instead of being hackneyed and contrite experimentation, this innovation seems one hundred percent bona fide. From the spastic shrieks to the guttural grunts, the shrieking guitar tremolos to the dissonant simplicity performed on said instrument, to the squealing falls executed on the saxophone, the recurring themes of reggae and trance music, and the frenetic, intense drumming skills, everything sounds passionate, and everything sounds endearing.

The strangest, most passionate, tracks are: “Lonely Woman”; “Snagglepuss”; “The James Bond Theme”; “Chinatown”; and “Punk China Doll.” The first of these is an extremely bizarre track that differs entirely from the original version, which is already bizarre and rambunctious. “Snagglepuss” alternates between loud, spastic grind music with jazz attributes, to jazz music fit for a game show. “The James Bond Theme” explodes into a noisy affair in the middle of the song; “Chinatown” takes an interesting take on Jerry Goldsmith's composition. “Punk China Doll” has a roller-coaster ride of jazz eccentricities meshing with Yamatsuka Eye's wonderfully abnormal vocal stylings and some grindcore-based musicianship. The track then segues awkwardly into a serene, post-rock soundscape that explores the tranquil side of Naked City's self-titled album.

Overall, this is a fantastic record complete with every musical extreme that has been constructed, and an expansion on several of those extremities portrayed. Each moment on this record is completely original and innovative. The music is technical and thought-provoking the whole way through, oftentimes exploring any genre that it can, and switching its focus spasmodically. This is a record apposite for those in pursuit of the craziest, most technical, most spastic, heaviest, most innovative and original musical release generated, and is sure to whirl heads upon first listen.



FINAL RATING-4.9/5-By far one of the best releases my ears have been treated to in a long while. Worth the time and the money, as it never gets stale or boring, only better, more innovative, and more complex a treasure upon each listen.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Rationalist
December 22nd 2009



880 Comments


Happy holidays everyone.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009



14885 Comments


artist is john zorn bro

edit: also pretty sure i really hate this

Rationalist
December 22nd 2009



880 Comments


Wikipedia states that it's by both. It's John Zorn's band, Naked City doing this record, and it's part of J.Z's discography because it's from his band. So, I guess it's up to how you interperet that, but to me it's pretty black and white.

Speaking of black, nice avatar, not similar to mine at all.

Rationalist
December 22nd 2009



880 Comments


It's something you'll either adore or despise.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009



14885 Comments


it was credited to (as a whole) john zorn and not to naked city

you buy the cd it will say john zorn and not naked city

it is technically by john zorn and not naked city



BROOOOOOOOOOO


it SHOULD be by naked city because they performed it but it's not idk

joshuatree
Emeritus
December 22nd 2009



3743 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=6281

87 votes and a review and everything!

Rationalist
December 22nd 2009



880 Comments


sh.

Prophet179
December 22nd 2009



234 Comments


Naked City (1989) (Note: Not a Naked City release, but recorded with the group members)


Rationalist
December 22nd 2009



880 Comments


Well it's not like I can really do anything, to my knowledge at least. I don't think I can delete a review, but if I can, please tell me how.

Prophet179
December 22nd 2009



234 Comments


Go to your profile, edit review, you can change the artist and album there I believe.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009



14885 Comments


haha the fucking peanut butter

Roach
December 22nd 2009



2149 Comments


rofl zach

also i explained this to you earlier rationalist wtf

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009



14885 Comments


naked city more like owl city

Rationalist
December 22nd 2009



880 Comments


@roach: um, no you didn't. I've actually never seen you before.
@prophet: yeah, i tried, but it didn't work.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2009



14885 Comments


Roach


Comments: 1698
12.22.09



This is Naked City's S/T dumbass.



"no it's not

it's their first album in the sense that Naked City are playing this album but it's released under John Zorn's name"



guess u read over it


Wizard
December 22nd 2009



18792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm glad I have people like you ripping my reviews apart because this was very well written. Pos'. Would a metal head with eccentric tastes, such as myself, enjoy this?

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Roach
December 22nd 2009



2149 Comments


maybe

iarescientists
December 22nd 2009



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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Wizard
December 22nd 2009



18792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Too elite?

Prophet179
December 22nd 2009



234 Comments


It's more grind with jazz than metal, so maybe not. You'll either love it or hate it like Rationalist said.



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