Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Grand Opening And Closing review
|Band:||Sleepytime Gorilla Museum|
|Album:||Grand Opening And Closing|
|Release date:||October 2001|
01. Sleep is Wrong
05. The Miniature
07. The Stain
10. More Time [2006 re-issue bonus]
11. Flinch [2006 re-issue bonus]
12. Powerless [live] [2006 re-issue bonus]
"The 1974 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records included a brief entry on the Sleepytime Gorilla Museum as the :World's most closed public institution:" naming your band after a Dada museum will make people notice you for sure, at least the artsy people that is. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is already a big name in the rock scene, their album "Of Natural History" was their big step...but what about their debut? "Grand Opening And Closing" is one of the most interesting pieces in avant-garde music, of course it's almost impossible to get nowadyas.
Fortunately someone was smart enough to re-issue this masterpiece, still there are many individuals out there who don't fully know this band (shame on you!) Sleepytime Gorilla Museum plays what we know as RIO (Rock In Opposition), you know that genre that Frank Zappa built in the 60's? But this band plays it in a darker way, they grabbed all the complexity of albums like "Hot Rats" and sucker-punched the structures to create a gloomy side of an artistic musical puree.
While their insanely popular "Of Natural History" just gives me the creeps and scares me to death, "Grand Opening And Closing" opens my ears wide and strongly. The music is highly digestible yet insanely complex; the versatility level is sky-high though, it easily goes from Bjork to NIN and back, every song has a different vibe going on but always in a very sadistic and depressive line.
This album is really bizarre and extremely interesting, hearing this means redifining your definition of Avant-Garde music. I think you must take the chance, this album won't be available again in a very long period of time, buy it while you can.
Best Tracks: "Sleep Is Wrong", "1997", "Ambugaton"
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