Robbie Basho   Zarthus
3.5
great
Release Date: 1974
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4.0 excellentExoskeletalJunction | January 5th 22

5th January, 2022: Robbie Basho - Zarthus (american primitivism/avant-folk, 1974)

This is probably the first album I've heard from Robbie that I don't love in its entirety -
but the 20-minute monolith "Rhapsody in Druz" almost entirely makes up for it. You can hear
some of the otherworldly beauty that he would perfect in its follow-up here, with the
wavering falsetto showing up in several places and being every bit as enchanting as it was
at his peak. The first half does suffer from a bit of a lack of direction though - a few too
many meandering flamenco guitar parts and often going too long without a vocal break or a
change in tone. But still, it's almost entirely worth it for the closing track alone, which
might stand as one of Robbie's finest ever pieces.

7.2 (6th listen)

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