The Residents
Commercial Album


2.5
average

Review

by fmicale USER (4 Reviews)
January 12th, 2013 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Commerical Album has alot of great songs, but almost all of them don't go anywhere.

The Commerial Album was disappointment to me. As a Residents fan, I expected something really great out of an album full of 40 one minute songs. I hoped it would be like Wire’s “Pink Flag”, but more weird and interesting and…Residentsque. Instead, the album falls into a deep, dark pit of underdevelopment. I will refuse to call these songs, but rather ideas.

One should note that all the ideas here are catchy, diverse, and clearly had the sparkle of what could have been mind-blowing songs. Easter Women, for example, kicks off the album with a high note. It has that spine-chilling funeral march feel to it, and by the time first verse hits “Eeeeaster women came today and took away my wife…” the music is so creepy that it’s hard not to feel shivers go down your spine. Then, it just stops. There’s no development, there is no new ideas added on, and, hell, there isn’t even a proper ending. It just ends like the band just give up. You better get used to this, because every track on the album is like this.

Now, instead of listing everything that’s wrong about this album, I’m going to talk about the tracks that actually do work on here.

Act Of Being Polite- With just synths and vocals, it ends up being the only song that actually works being a one minute song. With all its minimalistic sounds, it truly gives you that unnerving feeling you sometimes get at night, when your alone, and you can’t sleep, and you think there is someone in your room…

Moisture – By far, the albums best song and it’s most developed song. Instead of stopping abruptly in the song, The Residents let the song have TWO verses (What?) and a guitar solo midway (Huh?), and it’s incredibly catchy and fun to listen to. Granted, it could have been a better song if they had made it longer, but out of all the songs on this album it’s the track that I repeat the most.

Japanese Watercolors- Although this song REALLY suffers from lack of development, it’s the most interesting. They start out with one idea, then adds another, then adds another, then ends abruptly in the albums fashion. Like I said, it lacks development for than any other song, and sounds more like a Terry Riley piece that should last 20 minutes with constant musical ideas adding on and on and on.

And finally, Fingertips- With only one verse and a guitar, it ranks up there with Moisture as the best song on the album. It has a slow beat to it, and a mind blowingly amazing guitar solo that ends up being the most memorable moment of the album (although I wish the solo was 4 minutes rather than 20 seconds).

In conclusion, this album had a great concept that wasn’t excuted well. They weren’t exactly the first band to mess around with the idea of making an album full of one minute songs, and they definitely weren’t the best at it. After this album, their music went all downhill, and they ended up trying to hard to be weird and creative, and eventually completely lost their focus in the main purpose of their music. I have to admit, if you have NEVER heard of The Residents, then I would suggest getting this album first. It reflects their style of music more than any other album and, next to Duck Stab, is their most accessible.


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slipnslide
January 12th 2013


2639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you might want to explain the concept of the album more most people have never heard of this album or band

SharkTooth
May 11th 2015


13431 Comments


" The Commerical Album has alot of great songs, but almost all of them don't go anywhere."


I believe that is the point of the album lol

Frippertronics
May 11th 2015


8655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fmi missed the point of this album so badly

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SharkTooth
May 11th 2015


13431 Comments


Right at the beginning nonetheless like wow

Frippertronics
May 11th 2015


8655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hoping that it'd be like Wire lmao



sounds like someone didn't even bother to research

Friday13th
January 4th 2016


5430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol every song is one minute long, no duh they don't go anywhere. I think I'm gonna like this band.

Frippertronics
January 4th 2016


8655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that you are, dude

SharkTooth
January 4th 2016


13431 Comments


needs a new review

Frippertronics
January 4th 2016


8655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

who do you think is gonna whip one out?



not me. not at all.

rabidfish
May 1st 2016


799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like the improvisational vibe of this album, it feels like they did it all in one take, song after song.



Some of the instruments and synths sound super dated now, cheesy.

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