"It's my world, even if I'm insane."
ATwilightShadow | Bloomington, Indiana | 05/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Robot Ate Me's "On Vacation" is one of the best albums I've had the pleasure of hearing. Its eclectic, bizarre, yet overall "happy" feel leaves one hungry for more, inspiring multiple listens. The music on this Holocaust-themed album is delicate and intricate, sometimes sounding like early 1900's era work coming out of a phonograph. What makes this album so wonderfully strange, though, is that it manages to take lyrics of particularly serious and somewhat sinister nature and present them in a way which is completely accessible and catchy. To find myself happily singing along with the album and singing the words "How many does it take to be a slaughter? I can't use the word genocide, because I went to the convention, I didn't read what I signed" ("Oh No! Oh My! (1994)") or "I kill better when I drink Pepsi" ("You Don't Fill Me Up the Same") is always a somewhat surreal experience. Overall, this album is brilliant, and I can't recommend it enough.
However, I have only one problem with this album, and that's that it's stretched out on two discs rather than one. There's only about 42 minutes of actual material combining both of these discs, which is a bit annoying. It's not enough to present a major problem with listening, though...it kind of reminds one that some music is still best in vinyl form, being two, sometimes completely different sides."