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5.0 out of 5 stars Immediate accessibility as well as great guitar playing., 9 July 2001
This review is from: You Are What You Is (Audio CD)
If you don't own anything by Frank Zappa, I would suggest that this album, due to its immediate accessibility as well as the great guitar playing, is an ideal place to start. Abandoning the usual diverse range of musical styles and lengthy compositions, it sustains a mainstream rock sound in straight forward song structures, but executed by Zappa's crew of virtuoso musicians, and impeccably produced too.
It's one of those albums where you almost regret each song ending until you realise that the next song is just as good as/better than the last, but from the start you know you're in for a treat as the songs segue into each other, and it's a double too.
Lyrically the album's replete with the usual sarcasm, wit and satire, but I guess it's the guitar playing you wanna know about, right? Early on, we get the 1st treat in the form of "Theme From The Third Movement Of Sinister Footwear", with Zappa demonstrating his more proggy/jazzy side with some twisted runs over a complex arangement.
The highlights come, though, with "Charlie's Enormous Mouth" and "Any Downers?, when the pure rock backdrop allows Zappa to explore his favourite challenge of spontaneous melodic composition, while showing off some great sustain too.
There's great riffing on Dumb All Over, dirty blues licks abound on Suicide Chump, lots of chops & SFX on Jumbo Go Away and more spontaneous melodic composition and sustain on Drafted Again.
Along with 'Hot rats', "Overnite Sensation" and 'One size fits all', "You are what you is" should form an essential part of your collection.
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