we aren't, Jim
but if you keep this up, youcertainly will be.
had no idea what this was when it came. I knew it was from
of course, and I knew it had the highest recommendations of
head monkey Tom Dyer and
his henchman and my good friend Howie Wahlen,
but you have to figure that a lot of that comes from being on
the label. Then again, the fact that Dyer heard something in We
Are All Famoushe
found worth releasing says one hell of a lot right there.
Howie? I've learned I have to trust him or run the risk of
missing music I do not want to miss. Still, this is not exactly
what I expected.
the cover alone, I knew the songs would be more on the fringe.
No one puts together artwork worthy of a Monty Python
or Bonzo Dog
Doo Dah Band and then
slips classic rock or Broadway or even modern classical in the
jacket. Look closely and without thinking, try to guess what
kind of music is on this album. You can't, right? Then again,
maybe you're closer than you might think. Theatrical? Odd? Is
it a rock opera? Is it a soap
Hell, it could be circus
judging by the cover and, not surprisingly, it is, if only for
a short interlude.
What it is is either a rock opera pieced together very
carefully and in the minutest detail, or it is 19 experiments
in music or perhaps musical theater woven together with the
skill of one who suffers from OCD. I am leaning toward the
former because the more I hear this, the more I hear genius. It
is a wild but controlled genius, an ear for sequencing so many
pieces of music in just the right order. Granted, without the
music, the sequencing would be wasted. I do believe Jim wasted
not a drop.
the carnival intro of Overture
the folk/psych and sixties farfisa rock of Everybody
deviltry of Laboratory
this album begs a complete listen. Give it one and you get
equal parts fringe rock with classical interludes and the
occasional cross between glee club and Hi-Loswhich
practically sounds like recordings from a monastery. The small
compositions, for they are worthy of that designation, fade in
and out seamlessly, the distance between one and the next timed
going to tell you right now that while you may find favorite
tracks on We Are All Famous,
listening to them individually takes away from their true
impact. Jim obviously worked extremely hard to make this album
flow from beginning to end in such a way that each track sets
the next one up in the best way possible. This is only a
portion of the “genius” to which I earlier alluded.
I sit here listening for what must be the 20thor
coffee cup at hand because I need caffeine to make my own words
flow enough to just keep up. If you were sitting here with me,
you'd be gulping coffee too. This is amazing stuff.
I wish I didn't have to say “you have to hear this to
believe it”. It stops most people dead in their tracks.
But I have to. This is way beyond what I expected.
I try to steer clear of personal messages in reviews, but Jim,
my apologies for taking so long with this. It has taken me this
long to even begin to understand the whole of We
Are All Famous.
And if, as you predict, The
Martians Are Going to Eat Us,
I hope they hold off for some time. I need more time. At least
a thousands listens worth.