In An Ugly Mood - The Residents - Smell My Picture
Label: Ralph America - RA027 • Series: eL Ralpho Archive • Format: CD Limited Edition, Numbered • Country: US • Genre: Electronic • Style: Ambient, Experimental
Pardon Me 2. Twilight Zone 3. Jam on Sunday Afternoon 4. Dream 3 5. Piano Doodle 6. Lazy Morning 7. Pass the Peanuts 8. Moose 9. In an Ugly Mood Calling all Aliens Radio Drama Brasilia Bourbon Street Sour Smell Dream 4 Smell My Picture Guitar Picnic The Rubber Robber Total Time In the s, the band started taking their odd sarcasm and humor more seriously, and they seen some rather unique albums come from their collective eyeballs.
Between anda trilogy of albums proved the band wasn't just a bunch of oddballs that really didn't know how to play anything, but could actually create some innovative music, still keep their warped sense of humor, and continue to keep themselves strangely relevant to what was going on at the time. The bands sounded like they were trying hard to make impressive music, even if the concepts were still off in some strange places that no other band would dare follow. The Residents also had a history of releasing everything, and that is why their collection of collections of rarities and "fan albums" is so immense.
They were know to release completely useless music, even incidental music 070224.4 - Various - Zero Tolerance was played during intermissions at their concerts.
So, ora che sale il giorno - Domenico Modugno - The Golden Collection brings us to this featured collection of outtakes and what-nots from the same period as the trilogy of albums mentioned above, a delightful collection of oddness know collectively as "Smell My Picture", an ugly title with an equally ugly album cover, the upside-down close-up of someone's nostril.
This historical collection contains most of the unused instrumental music that was recorded for these albums. According to the band's website, the title of the album was cleverly inspired by one of the eyeballs when it was said that making a movie with In An Ugly Mood - The Residents - Smell My Picture was much like smelling photographs instead of looking at them. The term ended up being used by the band when they wanted feedback on different ideas. Wow, The Residents actually had ideas, what a concept!
So, we have another unashamedly useless collection of unwanted musical ideas from The Residents that we don't know what to do with.
Surprisingly, the tracks on this mostly instrumental album sound quite finished, especially for The While My Heart Is Still Beating - Roxy Music - Avalon. Who needs those expensive avant-garde bands when you can get discount store style avant-garde music like this priced to clear out of our inventory.
The music is weird, but definitely what you would expect from The Residents, except that it is well- created, orchestrated and performed. Listening to this album, you can understand why In An Ugly Mood - The Residents - Smell My Picture Residents are considered avant- prog, if you haven't In Exile - Oppressor - Agony it out already.
It's actually quite surprising how interesting and captivating this music is. It's not that cheap Wurlitzer music from their discography of the 80s, but it is all professionally done with actual instruments and electronics. Is the album essential? Well I wouldn't go that far. But I still enjoy it because even if it comes from a short time span in their history, it is still quite versatile and strangely engaging. I can easily call it a 4 star collection even if it is made up of unwanted ideas.
The Residents will capitalize on everything, but, in this case, it is a collection worthy of owning. Just remember, this is still The Residents, and you are going to get some really strange stuff here, but it's all done well, and as a collection, it comes across quite cohesively, not hackneyed like some of these collections can be.
The Residents invite you to smell along with them, and how can you resist? Go ahead! You know you're curious. Have a whiff. You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.
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