(All Album Reviews by ffroyd)
Dave Kerman is messed up! Heís got an awful lot of nerve putting out this CD. Iím telliní ya, the guy likes to play the drums with Barbie dolls for heavenís sake! The last 5uuís album was an absolute masterpiece and I have no idea how he made one thatís even better.
The music on Abandonship is just too convoluted and to many folks itís going to be very hard or even impossible to enjoy. I guess heís going for the top 40 radio audience with this one. All these freaky sounds and complex arrangements are just what the MTV crowd is going for these days.
And where does he get off playing all the instruments on the album? Drums, keyboards, guitars and all sorts other stuff are all performed by this one show-off. Oh yea, he does get somebody to play a wind-up toy monkey on the first song. UmmÖHello??? I think a wind-up toy monkey can play itself!!!
If that werenít enough, he dragged fellow Thinking Plauger Deborah Perry into his world for another stunning performance. She was prominently featured on the last 5uuís CD Regarding Rutgatories and returns to add her unique voice to this album. Itís just disgusting, it really is.
O.k. for those of you out there that might still be interested, hereís the lowdown: Thereís a piece that features a tap dance solo, a tribute to RogerTrigaux of Present and a song about giant cement penguins in Tel Aviv. Iím serious people; I wouldnít make this stuff up!
Henry Cow? Never heard of him.
To top it all off, the CD booklet features more graphic artistry from Bill Ellsworth. If youíve seen any of the later Djam Karet releases, you know the kind of visual insanity heís capable of. The artwork on the cover of this CD depictsÖumÖwell Iím not really sure what it is, but I do know one thing. Itís making me dizzy.
WellÖto make a long story even longer, DONíT BUY THIS CD! Youíll only broaden your musical horizons and most likely annoy everyone you try to play it for. Dave Kerman is an artist whoís only out to make a buck with his highly original and thought-provoking music and I know the readers of this review are much smarter than to fall for such underhanded tactics.