December 9, 2016 in Reviews
Thank You Scientist – Stranger Heads Prevail (2016)
Reviewed by Mark Nagy
If I didn’t have to express myself through the written word, this review could just consist of me cackling gleefully for however long it took for you to get my point: that this record is absolutely nuts. I can’t say how well I’ve stood by my personal stand against hyperbole and sensationalism over the years, but Thank You Scientist answers the long standing objection of mainstream critics to the often ‘too pretentious’ stylings of Frank Zappa and his imitators and prog-eny. That being, “Why doesn’t it rock harder?” Thank You Scientist is quickly emerging as perhaps a premier vehicle for listeners who want all of their prog, all at once, all the way up.
Stranger Heads Prevail is a well chosen name for a record that is at first unsettling or hard to understand. Putting a violin, a saxophone, and a trumpet alongside a traditional four piece rock band is perhaps not the inspiration of a sane man, but fortunately it’s the inspiration of an incredibly talented one, capable of fusing complex layers of intersecting rhythm parts, melodies, and countermelodies into something that puts a really strong claim to being unlike anything else.
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