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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

T-BONE BURNETT 1987! - REVISITING THE HORROR KNOWN AS "THE TALKING ANIMALS" - SHEER HORROR

This diverse set of 10 songs for the Columbia label in '87 screams to be overlooked and that's where it wound up on most people's screens. A classic receiver of mixed reviews if there ever was one. So, how bout the songs?  Same thing, some good, some bad, but mostly good, standout songs are Killer Moon, Monkey Dance and the Tonio K penned You Could Look It Up. Yay or nay, you be the judge....The Horror!!
The Talking Animals is a return to the mainstream attempts of the Warner discs, and features creative input by such folks as Bono and Tonio K. Some of the songs rock tougher than anything he's done before (see "Monkey Dance" and "You Could Look It Up"); others succeed only in scaling new heights of pretension. Sung in four languages, "Image" could be a Brecht castoff, while "The Strange Case of Frank Cash and the Morning Paper" is a tedious five-minute spoken-word tale. Skip instead to "The Killer Moon," a mid-period Beatles soundalike, and the aptly titled "Relentless." All in all, worth hearing, though one wishes this talented jerk weren't so impressed with himself. - TrouserPress review
THE HORROR!!

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