So this is weird. I happened to be drinking a glass of milk when I took this album out to put it on. It went really well with my afternoon snack of a chocolate chip scone. But this is the first time that I’ve ever been drinking a glass of milk while reviewing an album. So strange! Pour yourself a safe glass of milk and let’s put this non-disowned-by-Captain-Beefheart Captain Beefheart album on!
This starts with a real authentic blues sound. I like how it’s mainly vocals in the very beginning and then the band comes in loud and strong. At that point it’s hard to understand what he’s singing, but that’s ok.
The second song is not nearly as bluesy and much more psychedelic sounding. Especially with the whisper of “Zig Zag” in the beginning. So trippy. I really like the raw sound of his voice. This song kind of makes you want to get up and dance. But after a big glass of milk and chocolate chip scone, you’ll probably just stay on the couch and tap your foot. Oh, it ends with another “zig zag” whisper, completing the psychedelic circle.
So far I’m really liking this album. It feels like music from the 60s but a tiny bit weirder, which is really giving it a timeless feel. Like "Dropout Boogie,” feels pretty out there but it also feels like a classic song, with that classic guitar riff that keeps repeating.
"I'm Glad,” sounds like a classic soul/do wop 1950s song. Have I heard this song before? It feels very familiar, but then maybe I’m just thinking of Joe Cocker or something.
“Electricity,” is a real change from “I’m Glad”! This song sounds like something a taunting devil would dance a jig to. This song is really interesting. The vocals almost have a heavy metal/dark feel to them but the instruments are almost bluegrassy with the slide guitar and pluckiness of the notes. I’m getting a scary rural vibe from this song. Like a group farmer devils with a pitchfork and overalls would dance to it in a field at night. This could definitely go on a Halloween mix. For sure.
On to side two! Oh, Alex likes to play “Abba Zaba,” a lot. I like this song. He just said, “listen to this fucking song, there’s no other song like it!” I think it sounds like it should be in the Jungle Book movie. Or at least that there should be a friendly bear and mean snake dancing to it.
I’m surprised no one ever told me to listen to Captain Beefheart in college when I was into Tom Waits a lot. Although, I really only ever listened to “Closing Time,” and “Small Change,” anyway. I might not have heard this album in the same way that I’m hearing it now. Which is with a positive vibe, it’s making me feel kind of cool and rugged and relaxed at the same time.
I’m definitely liking this album much more than yesterday’s “Unconditionally Guaranteed,” but I’m still finding it pretty accessible music that could have been a part of The Last Waltz, don’t you think? Especially a song like “I’m Glad.”
Ultimately, I really liked this album and think that the more you listen to it the more you will discover about it, so I’m going to play it again sometime.