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jackie-o motherfucker, "liberation"

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Walking the line between the improvisational and the organizational, chaotic and orderly, the Portland-based collective known as Jackie-O Motherfucker has released the second full-length CD for Road Cone (their seventh full-lenther in the grand scheme of things). It's a collision of opposing forces, as cold-climate bluesy rock meets a freestyle electronic assemblance, and would appeal to the Volcano the Bear, Molasses, Boxhead Ensemble and Shalabi Effect fans of the spectrum. The album starts off with a heavy dosage of disorder with the ten+ minute opener, following through with a guitar-heavy 14 minute long tune driven by an 808-imitating drum machine. Through the following few numbers the collective display their ability to mesh all instruments without making too much of a mass. However, by the time it reaches "Something On Your Mind," I'm thankful most of the tunes are instrumental. It's not that the singer has a bad voice, it's just that the lyrics aren't as profound as the singer might be thinking and needn't be repeated as laboriously over the course of three minutes. By the time it reaches the last two tracks: "The Pigeon" and "Pray", ther the vibes, strings, guitar and wind instrument interplay is executed well enough to paint an aural landscape of both beauty and sickness. The first of the two tracks builds from a quieter opening into a bold roar while the second calms everything down into a serene and cool ending.

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2005 13:37  


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