Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
David Thomas is, of course, leader of Pere Ubu, those ambassadors of the absurd, and Erehwon (apart from being a famous book) is "nowhere" spelled backwards. Erehwon is also David Thomas backwards, in a way, coming on like... more »
David Thomas is, of course, leader of Pere Ubu, those ambassadors of the absurd, and Erehwon (apart from being a famous book) is "nowhere" spelled backwards. Erehwon is also David Thomas backwards, in a way, coming on like Tom Waits after a serious bout with hallucinogenics. With the assistance of Keith Moline and Andy Diagram, he's put together a record that's not quite like anything. So, you have things like the haunting, dub-like trumpet of "Lantern" and the bowel-deep rock of "Morbid Sky." But even at its strangest--which is pretty strange--there's a weird beauty about this album. It's not the spiky corners and angle irons of Ubu, but more like surfaces of finished metal meeting ghost town tumbleweeds, and the thin hum of tires on suburban streets. If you're looking for certainties, you won't find them here; if you crave urban adventure, this is the right place. --Chris Nickson
This recording contains the implicit meaning of life.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a fan of Pere Ubu since their begining in the late 70's. David Thomas has always seemed to be special messenger, sent from another dimension to help us head our errant, self-destructive tendencies. The music of Erewhon is just that, a very special message. It is a heraldic presentation of modern life, in a world that is a merely a projection of puzzling ironies. From the opening song, "Obsession" through the haunting lament of "Fire" to the dancefloor feast of "Highway 61 Revisited, I hear the history of American musical expression. David and the Pale Boys are a divinely matched trinity of sentinels. They have caused a swell in my soul as I listen to this recording at least twice a day, in the car, in the office, and in my music room at home...the more volume, the better. I am filled!! But give me more!!"