SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM


"In Glorious Times" (The End Records; 2007)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Avant garde rock is the only way to describe the sound of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Anything and everything can be used to make the music and sounds of this band – supposedly, homemade instruments are employed in addition to the standard guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums.

Multiple vocalists give the music the feel of a stage play while the music veers from one extreme to the other, even to the point that a veteran listener of the band might not know what’s coming next. That makes composition of the songs incredibly important and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum doesn’t shy away from the songwriting challenge. Generally, epic tracks are the weapon of choice – and the album evolves and see-saws in unpredictable fashion.

Diversity, pageantry, drama, and parody are all here for (not so easy) digesting. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is an act that will keep you on your toes no matter what they do. In fact, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum most reminded me of Maudlin of the Well although a little less metallic (Maudlin of the Well eventually evolved into Kayo Dot).

For more information visit http://www.sleepytimegorillamuseum.com/


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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