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June 26, 2007

{     Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times     }    

"You got your Noise in my Rock!"
"You got your Rock in my Noise!"
"Mmmmmmm.... delicious."
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Hear, hear: In Glorious Times strikes the perfect balance between meaningful and meaningless; it all sounds so damned important and cryptic, and, well, glorious, but why? What's being soundtracked here? Is it an acid-trip or a secret meeting of the Stonecutter's Society? Is it the sound of pretentious West Coast rocksturbation seeking validation in overly complicated melodic structure and the playing of handcrafted instruments or is it the sound of the next blisteringly profound chapter in the epic struggle of ROCK against ROCK? It's easy to get confusticated because this album is kinda all of that, in the best way possible.
The problem with most noise rock is the problem with most noise rock, which is that it often either takes itself way too seriously or not seriously enough. Finding the right balance is critical, and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum are so there on this. Serious enough to sound like the accomplished and talented musicians that they are, but not so seriously that they inadvertently bore you to tears or frustrate you into questioning why you even bothered picking up the album in the first place.

In Glorious Times is extremely musical for a band dubbed avant-anything, and delights in the religious connotations of the album's title by employing powerful vocal choruses and majestic instrumentation for a very dramatic fire-and-brimstone feel. Gravitas aside, it's also a lot of fun. The random bits of found sound that weave in and out, the driving beat, the poppy hooks, the puzzling time changes and diverse range of instruments employed throughout keep things interesting. Main vocal chores alternate between male and female singers, things never get too Bungly or Bjorky before switching up, and there's a lot of sonic ground covered; growling rap, loungey chanteusery, schlocky harmonizing, death-screaming and some downright solid soaring power vocals. The mixture of these elements may not be for everyone, but the album avoids being intentionally antagonistic or obtuse. It's not exactly accessible, but it is downright listenable.



These guys are captains of Team Weird in the Heavy Metal Olympics.

Posted by: Aaron at June 21, 2007 11:55 AM

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