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A dark trip.,
This review is from: Crazy Clown Time (Audio CD)
Whether you like David Lynch or not, one thing you have to admire is his independent spirit and vision. He has a way of making work that couldn't be made by anybody but him. His artistic vision is unique and fascinating and he appears to use whatever medium he feels is appropriate to convey his ideas.
"Crazy Clown Time" is a dark and haunting record that plays well late at night, especially if you're driving. Although this is an album of music you can't help but feel that the songs would fit really well in one of Lynch's films.
For the most part it consists of slow blues rhythms with creepy reverb heavy guitar and distorted vocals from Lynch himself. His voice, instantly recognisable, may or may not put some people off. I personally think it works really well whether he's singing or narrating his lyrics.
Some people have misleadingly mentioned this album being Lynch's attempt at dance music but this isn't the case. Certainly the single Good Day Today has a dance beat but it's too melancholic and strange to fill the dance floor. There are plenty of electronic and ambient touches throughout however but more for atmosphere than anything else.
The production is fantastic and it almost feels like the band is right there with you as you listen. The percussion, whilst slow, is really effective and surprisingly hard hitting, driving the songs along with purpose. The guitar, played by Lynch, adds drama and tension to the laid back bass lines.
Lynch will always be known as a filmmaker first and foremost but this album really stands out as something in its own right and it's a shame that some people may dismiss it as an unnecessary distraction.
If there was one criticism it would be that a few of the tracks sound similar in sound and style but there are plenty of distinctive moments to keep the interest. One review I read online basically said that if you're normally a fan of David Lynch, you'll probably like it. I tend to agree.