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Pranzo Oltranzista
Mike Patton
Pranzo Oltranzista
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Metal
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All Artists: Mike Patton
Title: Pranzo Oltranzista
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tzadik
Original Release Date: 4/22/1997
Release Date: 4/22/1997
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Metal
Style: Experimental Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 702397702221

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Sonic max ernst and/or salvador morricone
R. Hutchinson | a world ruled by fossil fuels and fossil minds | 10/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a soundtrack of dreams, which seems more surrealist than futurist to me, as surrealism aimed to incorporate subconscious desires into waking life. Pattonheads beware, this sounds more like a John Zorn album than Mr. Bungle, let alone FNM! The musicians are top-notch -- Zorn on sax, Marc Ribot on guitar, Erik Friedlander on cello, William Winant on percussion, and Patton on "voice, sound effects." There is not much vocalizing, let alone singing. Patton is the composer, and contributes musique concrete effects, plus some vocals on a few tracks. The resulting music is uncategorizable -- "I Rumori Nutrienti" features slow, mellow sax over the low rumble of an airplane engine, which is surprisingly relaxing, and "Latte Alla Luce Verde," with vocalizing, sounds like lovemaking.

If you like the paintings of Salvador Dali or Max Ernst, if you like John Zorn, especially his THE BIG GUNDOWN, the album of Morricone film score remakes, if you are open to the possibility of sounds that do not fit in marketing boxes, then you just might like PRANZO OLTRANZISTA!"
A great listen only for those of the avante garde sound.
William Defoe | 09/29/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This second offering from former Faith No More singer, Mike Patton is an album with an overall moody sound. Patton recreates a feel from an Italian anarchist cookbook, if you can imagine that happening. Patton composed the songs and performs on them with an all-star cast of friends and acquaintances in the hard rock and experimental jazz arenas. I would advise anyone who is a fan of patton's work with Mr. Bungle or anyone who is looking to broaden their musical taste horizons to purchase this album."
My personal favorite by Mike Patton.
Michael Stack | North Chelmsford, MA USA | 03/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Before going any further, I want to make clear where I'm coming from-- I'm actually a John Zorn fan who became interested in Patton due to his work with Zorn. I think this makes me a rarity in the Patton world, and effects my opinion of his work somewhat. Having stated that, I can talk about this record a bit.

Its hard to discuss songs on "Pranzo Oltranzista", because the emphasis is not on the songs, instead, its really on the composition or even the performance in many ways. The pieces themselves are rather diverse, everything from cello/piano interludes mixed with screaming sax and voice, purely sound effects, jazz-ish pieces, more noise oriented instrumental performances, pseudo-ambient, etc. What the album lacks is the sort of conventional formats-- there's no songs per se, no real structure in that sense.

But what there is really is worth looking into-- the album is filled with an abstract beauty, and while some of it may not make sense at first (or fiftieth) listening, like much of John Zorn's best work, rewards will become apparent with repeated listens. When I first heard this, I wasn't sure about it, but given the list of musicians (Erik Friedlander, Marc Ribot, William Winant, and John Zorn, among the most brilliant at their respective instruments) with Patton, I did devote an appropriate amount of time to it. I've found quite a bit on this record that is truly brilliant, be they as delicate as "I Rumori Dal Apertivo", or have the heightened anticipation feel of "Scoppioningola", or the beauty mixed with explosiveness of "Carne Cruda Squarciata Dal Sunno Di Sassofono", or just the delicate ambient beauty of "Latte Alla Luce Verde" and organized chaos of "Bombe a Mano" juxtaposed against each other.

Yeah, its nothing like Faith No More or Mr. Bungle, or Fantomas for that matter, and its even nothing like Zorn's work, contrary to many comments, but its a unique record with a lot to offer. Give it a try, if it doesn't set in, put it away and try again in a couple months-- I think with relative open-mindedness and reasonable diversity in taste of music, this one will make sense."