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One from the Vaults,
This review is from: Forgotten Anthology 1995 - 2002 (Audio CD)
Anyone buying a Bumblefoot album will know what to expect. Namely, a weird & wonderful mix of freaky shred guitar, and equally freaky lyrics that owe more than a nod to Frank Zappa. Bumblefoot is one of those musical innovators who will happily take a few different musical genres, from bubblegum pop, jazz, industrial, prog, punk, hip-hop, country, lounge & cheezy listening, to name but a few, mash them all up, and serve with some of the scariest, wackiest and freakiest guitar solos ever put to recording.
Forgotten Anthology shows a bit of a transition for Bumblefoot, with the first half of the album set very much in 'Grunge' territory. Lyrically, the songs have a fairly strong subject matter, particularly 'Meat'. There's plenty for the afficionado of heavy rock to like here.
About half-way through, Ron Thal diversifies....very rapidly. Bagged a Big 1 is a funked-out rap, with tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and the best use of a belch I've ever heard. Soon after, there is the almost operatic 'Heart Attack', where BBF leaves the guitar, and demonstrates that he can actually sing...and sing very well!
The diversity continues with the rest of the album. A Girl Like You is an unusual love song where the backing vocals underlie true feelings (in a very humorous way), Crunch is simply a mix of boogie blues and gore thrash metal, Maricona is pure cheezy listening...and finishing off the album, Mafalda, a piece originally written for Guitar Techniques magazine, which switches genres so rapidly, and is so crazy in composition, that it boggles the mind.
Some songs don't work as well in the collection as they should, and while none of the songs are actually boring, perhaps this collection of BBF tunes is a bit too diverse.
All in all, it's a good broad showcase that demonstrates all facets of Ron Thal's musicianship, vocal and songwriting skills.