El-Creepo!
Aloha


3.5
great

Review

by Cultclassical USER (51 Reviews)
December 8th, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's a box of chocolates, but luckily there's no coconut in any of them....

Eccentricity for an artist, musical or otherwise, is normally a well received and very marketable trait. People are always looking for something different to broaden their horizons and artists possessing this attribute have always been good avenues of approach. Todd Smith of Dog Fashion Disco fame has been making his bid for the eccentric artist hall of fame (very exclusive club) with his multitude of experimental, avant-garde projects. Aloha, Smith’s latest from his El Creepo solo moniker is a strange creation. An eclectic, spastic collection of songs, Aloha demands your attention and with the sheer variety of music on display here, you’d be hard-pressed not to listen through at least once.

Fans of Dog Fashion Disco should be able to see the congruences between that and El Creepo in terms of the experimental nature of both groups but make no mistake, Aloha is its own animal. Save for a short bit in “Arabian Rose” nothing that could be called metal is shown here. The kind of music that is displayed however includes (wild) western, Arabic, Hawaiian, even big band. That is not to say Aloha merely incorporates these styles into its songs, nay, it goes beyond that by having entire songs being written in these styles. Despite the ambitious nature of the album and sheer variety displayed here, the instruments are all surprisingly tight and well played. The guitar, horns, drumming, synths and every other nuance all seemingly convey the mood intended with Smith’s voice morphing nicely to match the style of each song. The songs themselves are nothing to laugh at either. These aren’t cheap knockoffs or imitations but well thought out, catchy and well executed works

The lyrics also were written to match the songs and they do the job well. In fact it matches so well that on more than one occasion they’ll venture into corny territory as evidenced from the western “Cottonwood River”. Honestly cheesy lyrics have never been a detractor for this reviewer but it will indeed be noticeable for some listeners. The strict adherence Smith displays in writing in the styles he does also can come off has artificial. One could easily see Smith checking off a list as the songs progress and this leads to a distinct lack of continuity for the record as a whole. Earlier it was mentioned that Aloha was a collection of songs for a reason. Going from an Arabian sounding tune into a big band sounding one can turn the listener off very easily.

Most of the things wrong with this album are however, purely conceptual as the music itself is top notch, catchy, varied and above all good. Mr. Smith has an eccentric mind and the special talent to bring his thoughts into fruition. Fans of the experimental, avant-garde sound would do themselves a huge service in giving this a try.



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Calc
December 8th 2012


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Arabian Rose -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGfPGgvk9H4

Slip the Noose- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e469Oc6_Wdk

I should say the record is pretty bottom heavy. It's an interesting listen though

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2012


19918 Comments


Arabcore eh?

good review pos

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Zettel
December 8th 2012


599 Comments


There was already a page for this artist.

Cygnatti
December 8th 2012


21353 Comments


ooh

Calc
December 8th 2012


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks atari :]

and zettel your right i didnt notice that. I didnt make either of them though i just typed in El Creepo instead of El-Creepo


Calc
December 8th 2012


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

guess ill resubmit it...

megadedhed
December 8th 2012


94 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Though I dont like it as much as El-Creepo!, Purgatory Dance Party, or Adultery, Its still a goddamn Todd Smith album, and its still got some fantastic parts (specifically, Lock the world outside, Slip The Noose, and Arabian Rose. Also, it's kinda neat that live only Polkadot Cadaver drummer Scott Radway has writing credits on a few tracks.

Calc
December 8th 2012


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i read that he's the only one that helped with this release and i agree arabian rose is sweetness

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2012


7421 Comments


I need to give it a spin. I like all his projects to some extent. Good write-up!

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megadedhed
December 8th 2012


94 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

According to the booklet that came with the album, Scott wrote the music on Sick Amore, Calm Before The Storm, Arabian Rose, Under The Moonlight, and Stranger Things Have Happened.

CaptainDooRight
December 8th 2012


29890 Comments


guess ill resubmit it...

u can ask the mods to merge it for u

gd rev, u made this sound interesting, might check pos

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Calc
December 8th 2012


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^ thanks capt i actually did do that and they fixed it like in 3 minutes.

I'm not sure if you'd like this but its definitely interesting.

CaptainDooRight
December 8th 2012


29890 Comments


cover looks pretty fitting and I don't like coconut either, except for the juice

ill have to check one of ur links u got up there

CaptainDooRight
December 8th 2012


29890 Comments


jus checked the first track and tht was random as fuk, not my thing but it was cool to hear something different

deathschool
September 21st 2014


8974 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not sure how I feel about this. Some of it is pretty boring instrumentally, but I'm always a big fan of this dude's lyrics so it's kind of nice to hear them with a bit more focus.

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