Prepare for the Colonel to bear hug your brain...
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard of guitar and vocal expressionist Col. Bruce Hampton Ret. by way of Mike Gordon's film "Outside Out." Most of the soundtrack from that movie was lifted from Hampton tunes that he recorded with any number of his previous outfits, such as Aquarium Rescue Unit or Fiji Mariners. On this album you get that same unmistakable Colonel Bruce feeling. If you enjoy listening to chazoid noodlings, truly outceptional freedom of expression, and all around high quality musicianship, this might be a good buy for you. My particular favorite track on Arkansas is "Fixin' to Die," where you hear the blues as only Bruce can sing them. The brilliance of the Colonel is that as strange as it may get, and as far out as he may take you, he remains honest the whole time, a guy who's voice you can trust."