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The Residents' Masterpiece,
This review is from: Eskimo (Audio CD)
I am not sure if I can successfully convey to you all just how I feel about this album. This is no ordinary album of tunes and songs and if that is what you are looking for then read no further.
Eskimo was inspired by the sounds recorded and photographs taken by the Residents friend the mysterious N. Senada while he was in the North Pole; you may buy into this mythology or not but the end result is an album of soundscapes, far far ahead of it's time. A previous reviewer described the music as desolate and indeed it is desolate, but it is also inherently beautiful in the same way that deolate landscapes are or can be.
There are a collection of stories to read while listening to the strange sounds emitting from your speakers but after a while these are irrelevant as you are drawn into the Residents sound picture of Eskimo life and landscape. There are many unusual sounds on offer here and again a patient and adventurous listener will be rewarded. This is quite like no other album in modern popular music.
I have lived with this album since it's original release in 1979 and I have never tired of it, it always reveals new joys to me.
As the sleeve notes say..... keep a warm blanket handy.
Watch out for the DVD version with the Dolby 5.1 surround sound....... how DVD audio should be.........magnificent!