Snake Charmer

  • Code: MOCCD13648
  • Producteur: Music On CD
  • Prix: 39,99 zł
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Indie Pop / Avant Pop / Muzyka alternatywna
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Too much. Too many and too much. There are times when it is, indeed, possible to have too much of a good thing, and this is one of those times. The Snake Charmer "mini LP" brings together what one would think to be a fantasy lineup of experimental-pop artists; Jah Wobble, the Edge, Holger Czukay, Jaki Liebezeit, Animal, and François Kevorkian. The result is lead-thick and equally bland. All of the contributor's parts are well-played but good luck trying to latch onto anything specific, with every element vying desperately for a place in these over-dense and overproduced mixes. The title track, "Snake Charmer," could have been okay if left well enough alone -- but no. Wobble's signature repetitive and plodding bass, the Edge's trademark chiming, delayed guitar, and Jaki Liebezeit's creative drum and percussion work are utterly buried beneath Czukay's wheezing dictaphone samples, french horn, guitar, and piano. On top of that, club elder-statesman François Kevorkian piles yet more polyrhythmic electro-nonsense, climaxing with what can only be described as the 'anti-'Don't-Fear-the-Reaper' cowbell; an element so unnecessary and distracting that it threatens to become the song's featured instrument. With all of the well-mannered hand-shaking, back-patting, and tea fetching going on in the studio, the collective never got around to picking a leader and, thus this pilot-less collection of tunes plods diligently ahead, but to no specific destination.
by J. Scott McClintock
Yes, it was the Eighties as you can hear from the first stuttering synths on this overwrought supersession. Bassist Jah Wobble was post-Public Image Limited, The Edge from U2 clearly at a loose end (although a decade away from letting go on Achtung Baby) and multi-instrumentlist Czukay from Can probably quite liked the idea of getting into a studio for a series of free-flowing sessions.

Others who dropped in during the recording of the Snake Chartmer mini-album were Can's Jaki Liebezeit, jazz-funk singer Marcella Allen and guitarist Animal.

Wobble had already explored "Islamic funk" with his Invaders of the Heart band but here got down with some weird amalgam of Eurobeat hooked to Afro-funk of the Talking Heads kind. Mat Snow in NME at the time generously described the five tracks as "all good but somewhat lacking in unity" and "displaying more on and off the wall wit" than his old "boss" from PIL, John Lydon, was managing to muster.

In truth it is a lumpy mini-album but this reprise has a little something going for it, a silly vocal part atop wittering techno-beats and faux-funk, slashes of keyboards and guitars and a kitchen-sink approach to production by Francois Kervorkian (which is even more all-in on the opening version of whcih this is a reprise).

Not a landmark or even a scratch in sand in many ways, but much more enjoyable than it is "interesting".

And it gave them all something to do for a while.
by Graham Reid

1. Snake Charmer
Francois Kevorkian: Drum Programming
Animal: Lead Guitar
The Edge: Slide Guitar
Holger Czukay: Tape, French Horn, Lead Guitar, Grand Piano

2. Hold On To Your Dreams
Jaki Liebezeit: Drums
The Edge: Lead Guitar
Marcella Allen: Vocals

3. It Was A Camel
Jaki Liebezeit: Drums
François Kevorkian: Effects, Synthesizer
Ben Mendelson: Guitar
Holger Czukay: Tape, Lead Guitar

4. Sleazy
Jim Walker: Drums
Animal: Lead Guitar

5. Snake Charmer (Reprise)
Francois Kevorkian: Drum Programming
Animal: Rhythm Guitar
The Edge: Slide Guitar
Holger Czukay: Tape, French Horn, Lead Guitar

wydano: 2018-10-18 (1983)
nagrano: Recorded & mixed at The Fallout Shelter, London, except 'Sleazy', mixed at Sarm West.

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