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A True Innovator,
This review is from: Safe As Milk (Audio CD)
What is fascinating about this unholy alliance of Howlin' Wolf vocals over syncopated, modernist angular blues is the way Beefheart has harnessed the integrity and rawness of Delta Blues into a completley different emotional register.
I wont rehearse arguments about how to interpret Beefheart, although I would disagree with most of the press which glibly situates him as an absurdist dadaist.
Beefheart, and in particular Troutmaskreplica, belong to a cannon of supposedly unintelligble avanta gardist innovaters who remain more respected than listened to, think Zappa, mid-period Tom Waits, John Cale, Sonic Youth, Patti Smith, etc etc.
Stop being intimidated and buy it. Remember, it is only be learning to listen to the unlistenable that you can unlisten the listenable.
So roll one up, put track 6 (Electrity) on and, as the great man himself said, "May the baby Jesus shut your mouth and open your mind."