Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Of Natural History (2004)


For fans of: Univers Zero, Mr. Bungle, Kayo Dot

"As it has been said, this album is almost impossible to describe. Not everything becomes evident to ones ears right away, and even now I'm still hearing new parts in songs. The excellence of the songs does not become clear right away either. At first, 'Babydoctor' may seem like it has a first half that is almost uninteresting or 'skippable'. But after a little while, it becomes a very much needed part of the song.

The use of instrumentation on this album is phenomenal as well. There are even some homemade little beauties to be heard. The bowed spatula just being an example of one. For anyone that has ever said that drums and percussion are only for rhythm and are otherwise boring or pointless, this album will change that. For anyone that has ever said that the bass is an unnecessary instrument, used only as a backbone in music, this album will change that. The musical talent of this group is tremendous; a force to be reckoned with.

As far as the songs go, they build up and up until the they implode and then explode, causing a post-apocalyptical euphoria of sound to sweep over the grounds of the listener's mind. It's truly incredible.

This album is not to be understood at once, but with time, it reveals itself to be a truly astonishing masterpiece" - Nathan

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