"Fields of Happy" (Better Than Your Music Music; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

If Frank Zappa recorded hard rock or heavy metal, it would probably sound like this.

Gargamel's "Fields of Happy" is fifteen tracks of hard music that not only rocks hard but that will make you laugh, smile and think. Like Zappa, Gargamel isn't afraid to stray into unexplored musical territories, nor stay within range of their selected genre.

While song titles like "Pussy Teeth," "Dr. Ripper, OBGYN," and the delightfully entitled "Eat Out of My Butt" will give you a basic idea as to what to expect from Gargamel, you'll still be surprised as you listen. "Fields of Happy" reminds me of another one of my more recent favorite bands, Psychostick, and that's a good thing. In fact, although they may be slightly more serious than Psychostick, Gargamel is probably the tighter band, with a decidedly superior songwriting style. They also remind me of the all-but-forgotten but always hilarious rock'n'roll puppet show: Green Jelly.

Fans of music that takes chances and can still make you laugh will find that "Fields of Happy" may be aptly titled.

Gargamel: Mandaddy - neck; Servobeonic Man: digital manipulations; Professor Knuckles: six strings; Crazy Hector - four and five strings; Mas - beats.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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