Possibly the most essential Sharrock album
P. Freeman | Elizabeth, NJ United States | 10/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As weird as that sounds, this might be the one to have. Sure, "Black Woman" and "Monkey-Pockie-Boo" have all the fire and fury that made Sonny's name, but the electric pianos and off-kilter funk grooves here are so bizarre, so unexpected, that they become incredibly compelling. His guitar alternates between plucking and screaming, until it seems like he's inventing No Wave and post-punk on the spot. Plus, chalk me up as a determined Linda Sharrock fan. If Yoko Ono made a record with Keiji Haino, backed by Medeski, Martin & Wood, it might sound something like this, and that would be a damn cool thing indeed."
William R. Nicholas | Mahwah, NJ USA | 08/02/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Man, this is one STRANGE album. And I don't say that because of its avant guarde elements. I have listened to so much "out" music, it is second nature.
On Paraidise, Sonny and Linda Sherrock play guitar and sing, respectively, over slick, funky grooves. The couple's work is defiantely going way outside the chord changes.
Nothing wrong with this intrinsically, but this sounds more like they took their favortate groove album and played over it. The mixing of styles feels forced, not organic.
I have listened to Sonny, and Linda, for years, and they have made some great music. Both could make a great R&B album, or a great avant jazz wallpaper shreader, at will. I am sure they could have made a great album combigning both. This just is not it.
Still, the playing is excellent. The grooves are chunky, and I really do respect the impulse at work here. Hence the four star rating.