Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band

Album Review 554: Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica

Jake: 94/100

Tom: 100/100

Overview: Nobody ever forgets the first time they listen to Trout Mask Replica. The sounds that emerge from the speakers when this record is put on are downright terrifying, not to mention nonsensical. Those truly devoted will continue to listen and soon discover just how brilliant this record is. Every single sound is planned and precise, yet Captain Beefheart is able to make it seem free-form. Of course the lyrics don’t always mean anything; they don’t have to. Trout Mask Replica is the ultimate abstract-art of music. This is a Jackson Pollock painting in music form. Personally, we at VIMTV find the complexity and precision of this record nothing short of astounding and we describe the listening experience as excessively addictive, even if it isn’t everybody’s cup of tea.

Jake’s Track Picks: 

  • 1. Frownland
  • 2. The Dust Blows Forward ‘n The Dust Blows Back
  • 6. Moonlight on Vermont
  • 11. China Pig
  • 19. Sugar ‘n Spikes
  • 25. The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica)

Tom’s Track Picks: 

  • 2. The Dust Blows Forward ‘n The Dust Blows Back
  • 6. Moonlight on Vermont
  • 7. Pachuco Cadaver
  • 12. My Human Gets Me Blues
  • 28. Veteran’s Day Poppy
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