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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 26 Oct 2006
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Martin Smith "musicbymartin" (The Industrial North) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Meet The Residents (Audio CD)
Straight away you know you're in for something special by the cover alone. Any band brave enough to deface the Beatles and rename then (as John Crawfish, George Crawfish, Paul McCrawfish and Ringo Starfish) gets my vote as all-time-punk-icons. It wasn't until later (Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life of, Flying and their deliberately awful rendition of Hey Jude) that they got around to deconstructing the Beatles themselves.

On "Meet the Residents" they take a more general approach to deconstructing pop. We get a snatch of Nancy Sinatra's "Boots", with vocals sounding like they've been echoing forever through time, and punctuated by stabs of odd brass. We get tunes built around an old echoing piano, it could even have been recorded in someone's living room. We get an apparent trio of female backing vocalists, and some dangerously surreal southern accents. (That the most off-the-wall of all rock bands could come from the South must embaress the more resolutely urban Ubu's, Heads and Devos of the world). We get funny-and-frightening at the same time, but not without snatches of beauty. "Length and Breadth"'s harmonious wordplay is one instance, the pastorally lovely "Rest Aria" a welcome break between the twin nightmares of "Smelly Tongues" and "Scratz", the final ethereal chant - "Go home America, 55'll do" sounding to all the world like a choir of thousands of dead Viet cong and GIs singing in unison.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars meet the residents, 13 May 2003
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This review is from: Meet the Residents (Audio CD)
the first album is a must have for all Rez fans as it is just hardcore Residents. side one is a suite of short songs and a total assault on the ears.side two is more bizarre and there is a bit of everything. listen and learn
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