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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overview Of A Classic
This was the second of the last three great Beefheart albums before the painting took over and is probably the finest. Recorded in Los Angeles produced and arranged by the Captain himself it starts of with the stuttering quirkiness of 'Hot Head', which owes more than a slight nod to Televisions Marque Moon, 'Ahstray Heart' is a mad urban blues with the good Captain...
Published on 29 Oct 2000 by No Longer Used

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3.0 out of 5 stars .
I didn't know what to think of this for a long time. Now I do. I don't like it. It's a very angular record that never really comes together. A lot of the elements that were present on Trout Mask Replica are there - the abrasive guitar parts that run in counter-intuitive lines from low to high notes and back again, the fractured arrangements that barely stand still for a...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overview Of A Classic, 29 Oct 2000
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This was the second of the last three great Beefheart albums before the painting took over and is probably the finest. Recorded in Los Angeles produced and arranged by the Captain himself it starts of with the stuttering quirkiness of 'Hot Head', which owes more than a slight nod to Televisions Marque Moon, 'Ahstray Heart' is a mad urban blues with the good Captain spitting the lyrics like venom,The instrumental 'A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond' is the only weak track and is followed by classic after classic. There is the punk swing of 'Run Paint Run Run',the staccatto 'Sue Egypt' with its freefall slide guitar, 'Bickbats','Dirty Blue Gene' & 'Best Batch Yet' catch the Captain at the peak of his powers, snarling,shouting and screaming at the madhouse walls. 'Telephone', 'Flavor Bud Living' and the 'Sheriff of Hong Kong' are mini marvels of the twisted short story style that is pure Beefheart. The album closes with the fantasticly over the top 'Making love to a Vampire with a Monkey On My Knee'. A must for anyone starting off a serious Beefheart Collection.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius unmatched, 30 Nov 2002
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After the genius of Shiny Beast, Beefheart gets a little more inaccessible - indeed, until the rhythms start making sense, this is un-music, although never as impenetrable as Trout Mask Replica, or Doc's successor Ice Cream for Crow. But when it does make sense, it is an experience unmatched in popular music. So why does my eight-year old daughter like it?
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ., 21 May 2008
This review is from: Doc at the Radar Station (Audio CD)
I didn't know what to think of this for a long time. Now I do. I don't like it. It's a very angular record that never really comes together. A lot of the elements that were present on Trout Mask Replica are there - the abrasive guitar parts that run in counter-intuitive lines from low to high notes and back again, the fractured arrangements that barely stand still for a moment... but something is missing. While it's possible to get right inside Trout Mask and see the chaotic arrangements as a rational and astounding whole, Doc At The Radar Station doesn't have that feel. The music doesn't seem to be as organic, doesn't have the soul.

The Captain may declare "we're the best batch yet", but I don't think he's right.

It has it's moments, but these are few and far between, and rarely maintained for the duration of a track. "Hot Head" has some excellent guitar parts, and "Dirty Blue Gene" and "Best Batch Yet" have some complicated but infectious grooves, but they seem to fizzle out before the end. Meanwhile the Captain's vocal is increasingly hard to listen to. On "Run Paint Run Run", he sounds like he's been smoking fat cigars that he lit by striking a match on his tonsils. That really overshadows what might otherwise be a standout track.

Elsewhere, "Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond" is a ponderous but uninteresting piece, "Telephone" is similar to Trout Mask's "Pena", but less successful and tracks I've heard a great deal about like "Flavor Bud Living" and "Making Love to a Vampire With a Monkey on My Knee" for all their radical ideas are underwhelming.

Doc At The Radar Station may be high art rock n' roll, but the intention to make great art doesn't necessarily achieve great art. This time I think the Captain's missed his mark: it's all right, but it's not amazing.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the new batch (yet), 3 Dec 2000
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Of the three latest records made by C.B. this is the best one. Compared to the "Trout Mask Replica" period this one is much more tight and funky (and the sound quality is much better). If you buy this along with the "Trout..." and "Safe as Milk" you have three of the best records from each of the different periods of the band. The only records to avoid (of the original ones) are "Unconditionally Guaranteed" ! and "Bluejeans and Moonbeams". Enjoy :-)
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