An enigmatic and ridiculously calm vocal provide the tension. Track two, “Lady Cop!”, clocks in at 11 seconds and maybe that’s not a bad idea, as it’s a nasty piece of thrash guaranteed to get you kicked out of your apartment! “Forest of Dreams”, with it’s ominous technobeat, takes us on a Eurock/Sci-fi adventure with synths, wildly distorted guitars and strange, echoed vocals; let’s call it soundtrack music, shall we? Another dreamy sequence, “Forbidden,” begins in Fripp/Eno-esque ambient tape loop fashion and then becomes increasingly loud and bizarre before returning to it’s initial soothing sound. There are also a few songs featuring Lew’s outstanding bottle-neck guitar, just to add some more spice to the pot. Lew is a big John Hammond fan and “Augustingly”, in stark contrast to the more electronic portions of the album, brings us back to the blues…and maybe a nod to John Fahey? “Naples Moon” is a slow, atmospheric guitar instro that might just get Mermen or Aqua Velvets fans waxing their surf boards.
Another more direct homage to The Cramps bursts out in an all too brief explosion of garage fuzz and Trashmen vocalizing called “R.I.P. Lux”, dedicated to Lux Interior. “Megabuck Dolly”? Just so we don’t get too comfortable, we’re jerked back to synthesizers and DIY-land in the 80’s. So, 15 tracks of new and vintage Lew Taller for you to download and dig! We’ll be looking forward to Lew’s next album but let’s hope we don’t have to wait so long, eh Lew? -Allen Dashwood Allen Dashwood has written reviews for the Record Collector (UK) magazine and contributed to the Beatles Canadian Discography 1962-1972 by Piers A.
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