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Don Caballero 2


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Some people start bands because they feel they have something to say. Others see band formation as a guaranteed path to free drinks and unprotected sex. When Damon Che formed instrumental crunch-rockers Don Caballero 15 years ago in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he had significantly different plans. “The only plan we had at the time was to come up with music we liked,” he says ... Read more in Amazon's Don Caballero Store

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  • Audio CD (September 19, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000019KZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It reminds me a lot like a good muscat.
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All in all, I am very excited that groups are still willing to take challenges and push the musical envelope in "progressive" ways.
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A jazz fan will appreciate the lack of vocals, but this may not be "jazzy enough" for a pure jazz fan.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on October 13, 2005
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How to describe Don Caballero's sound? There isn't much like it to provide a frame of reference, so it's not easy. Well, here goes: throw the sounds of Helmet, Mogwai, Slint, Drive Like Jehu, Sonic Youth, The Mars Volta, and Shellac into a blender, remove all vocals, add a mad genius of a drummer who sounds sort of like Elvin Jones (of John Coltrane fame) on methamphetamines, and you'll get a fair idea. With 2, the virtuosos of Don Cab created a monster of an album, one that bends minds as easily as it bends genres with its highly distinctive blend of fusion, metal, and prog. The compositions ("songs" doesn't quite feel like the right word, thanks) here veer between extended, multi-faceted epics that straddle the ten-minute mark and shorter, sharper pieces, but no matter the track length 2 showcases some dazzlingly complex structures that never fail to make heads spin with their consistent unpredictability.

Now, before I go any further, I should stress that whatever else it may be, 2 is not an exercise in gratuitious technical wankery a la the more grandiose moments in Dream Theather's catalogue. And despite the band's all-instrumental approach, this in no way falls into the post-rock category that's become so fashionable of late; the sheer intensity of this recording would be more than sufficient to blast the likes of Explosions in the Sky into submission (not to say EITS aren't a good band; they very much are). At all points, 2 is a focused, aggressive, and measured display of technical wizardry that's at least as much about creativity as virtuosity. If your brain isn't engaged while listening to this stuff, you might've hit the "off" button on it by mistake.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam J. Whittemore on April 22, 2005
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I am a huge fan of unorthodox music, expecially the music that is so tight and precise that it blows your mind. All I have to say about this album (and really this band in general) is JESUS CHRIST!!! Never have I heard such precision, even though and first listen it is total noise. Listen more, you will unlock so much s*** it is ridiculous. AMAZING ALBUM, easily in my top 5 all time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gruber on April 28, 2010
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I confesss, I didn't know how to take the song structures at first. The guitars meander and stray sometimes from what most would consider melodious. Things get confused, tempetuous, but then drummer Damien Che manages to solve the equation. At this point the head nodding (or scratching) begins. Some songs are just plain heavy "instrumetal" and you may just feel like banging your head instead. I recommend this for anyone that's into "math rock", indie, or metal.
When comfortable with "II", move on to my favorite, "What Burns Never Returns". The first track on "WBNR" begins with the exact same drum beat that Don Caballero II closes with. It would have been like an epiphany to you when you first discovered this, but I couldn't resist spoiling it for you...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IRate on January 29, 2008
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The fearless instrumental group of experimental math-rockers blazed a small but distinct trail across this subgenre, layering drumkit assaults after angular riffs in a more intimidating way then most of their peers could ever imagine. Even early on, when the group often felt more controlled experiment then experimental control, a rhythmic complexity, anchored by an amazing, ever-questing drummer, never eludes the at-times fascinating interplay. The last few tracks helped rein in these overwhelmingly spastic hardcore jam sessions with a little more melodic development, hinting at further greatness to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1998
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I love this album. As the person from Seattle said, it is technically amazing. They pretty much blow everyone else out of the water when it comes to playing in odd time signatures. If I surmise correctly, they tune down to A on some #'s(that's pretty deep). That in itself gives the album another interesting texture also. If your looking to hear something different for a change, this album is it. The songs on this album are like classical fugues on amphetamines. It's all over the place, but done with intelligence and precision.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Goldsmith on April 13, 2006
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Simply put, there is not, nor will there ever be, anything quite like this band.

What amazes me most is, at the level these musicians seem to be, both individually and collectively, how they don't waste a note wanking their egos on this entire album.

For this type of music (which is pretty scant), I'm torn between this one, Don Cab's What Burns Never Returns, and Battles' B EP. This one is the most raw and primal of the three, which gives it a little edge.

Watch for Don Caballero's (reunion) album, World Class Listening Problem, on May 16.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
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Just about the most amazing CD in the world. You'll sh*t your tights when you hear it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By soot on December 18, 1999
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This is a cool CD. It mixes themes and techniques from lots of bands like Voivod's Nothingface, King Crimson's Red and Drive Like Jehu. Damon Che sounds like Billy Cobham in Inner Mounting Flame/Birds of Fire era Mahavishnu Orchestra, though a little more spastic. Good CD to put on when you need that extra energy to clean the house or repair your spaceship.
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