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Five stars? Are you kidding?
on 22 August 2007
Frank's weakest album by a country mile in my view. Poorly rehashed and remixed older tunes, mostly ruined by a cod-Uncle Tom voice from Ike Willis. This album broke my student wallet, and then my heart on first listen. I tried a few more times, but it was years before I summoned up the courage to buy other, so-called 'challenging' Zappa.
Thingfish takes the form of a mock Broadway play, and traduces old songs to make ham fisted comments about black stereotypes, Broadway, middle class America etc. All at the expense of listener enjoyment. The comedy is feeble, the satire lacks any insight, the mix is dreadful and Ike Willis's vocal mannerisms intensely grating. As Ike would have it, 'de Torchum Never Stop'.
There's so much wonderful FZ music out there' this is the grit in the oyster for me. Avoid big time.