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The Residents are considered one of the worlds most unusual musical groups. Having influences and
infuencing such artists as Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, one can only imagine what The Residents sound like. I'll tell you right now; the music is no easily accessable at all. When you listen to this album, you may think it is the worst thing you have ever heard, or you may just find it weird. You may however also think that this album is revolutionary and completely amazing, like I do.
The Residents, best known for their unusual musical style and also known for donning huge eyeball masks. The Residents have never revealed their identity, because they believe that music should not be about who they are, their race or gender, and that it should be just about music. And thats exactly what this is. Duck Stab is a revolutionary release. I wouldn't reccomend this to any fan of music, but for music fans with open mines or fans of other experimental and avantgarde artists, like Frank Zappa or Captain Beefheart.
The opening track is very weird indeed. There is a distortion guitar playing static, high pitched notes while a keyboard or synth play a random accending scale very quickly. The bass plays single notes. The singing is very Nasal (think Les Claypool with a nose-block). I guarentee that this track will take more an just a few listens to get into, give it 7, maybe 11? The synth sounds like trumpets towards the end. The song is a tad short, but it is still a great song.
2. Sinister Exaggerator
Very, very creepy song. Very. The bass is single sliding down notes but the guitar is tremolo picked notes, what are rather minor and dissonant to each other. The 'interlude' during the tremolo guitar is also very evil as it it just dissonant chords going up and down a scale doubled by a synth. The singing is where it becomes VERY creepy. The vocal style is nasal but it is over dubbed with many voices which are higher and lower pitched, but you can't make out the words of these over vocalsists, so it just sounds like wails or screams. Primus cover this piece on their album, Misc Debris, by the way.
3. The Booker Tease
This song is amazing, despite its length. It sounds like a small jazz club sounding piece. There is a guitar, bass drums and horns and also sax. Nice little interlude song.
4 Blue Rosebuds
This opens with the most unusual guitar line that I have yet to figure out. The imagery given off reminds me of a water fall. The singer is singing about love, and everything is quiet serene and happy, until the main part of the song. The song goes evil, as Residents do, and there is the most unusual high pitched voice entering, then after that bit, the songs returns to the main deep vocaled singer though he sounds more sad singing this verse. This song is very hard to get into, simple because of the middle section, but after a few listens, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll enjoy.
5. Laughing Song
Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! That is what the first vocals to enter say. The music is very difficult to describe, it sounds like some f˙cked up violin or fiddle or something. Prior to the verse, while the laugh is occuring, synth decends the scale too. The singing reminds me of Primus a lot (since this album is a great influence to Primus, I should say Primus sound like this, not this sounds like Primus, chances are you'll have heard Primus though). The vocals are very 'catchy'.. I want to say.. well, addictive anyway. The lyrics are pretty nonsense, but I can somehow imaging a pirate singing them. Me and my messed up head ay? Yeah, its a great song.
6. Bach Is Dead
Another almost ditty like piece. Very basic, a squeak, with a slighty more complex bass line than the Residents would usually have. The lyrics until the is "Bach is dead", but I love when th proper vocals enter, as the harmony s just fantastic. The song ends to quickly. I think that the squeaky noise represent a cart being pushed and this is a travelling song.
7. Elvis And His Boss
Stars with tinkle bells and light bass, when I first heard this song, I didn't know what to expect, but it jumps right into what I now call the greatest rock'n'roll song I've ever heard. The clean guitar sounds totally out of key, but it somehow works. The synth is very loud, but it somehow works. The bass is very funky/rock 'n rolly. The singing sounds just like a rock and roll band, so this is probably the most accessable song on the album, besides The Booker Tease. Structure in this song is quite loose, which jst adds to the effect of the song.
Overall, this album is completely revolutionary, and was very unique in its day and age. I love you Residents. x