Ralph's second album is another wild ride through his demented psyche. Sheer genius.
Multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney is best-known (if known at all) as a sideman. But not just any sideman. You see, the San Francisco-based Carney has backed some of the most adventurous musicians around: Tom Waits
, the B-52s
, Marc Ribot
, to name a few (in addition to being a key member of the Oranj Symphonette
). What's his solo work like? The better question is: what's it not like? Carney throws together an entire music store's worth of instruments onto these sonic experiments for the short-attention-spanned. It's a mix of jazz, art-rock, and down-home blues that sounds like nothing else. Recorded in Carney's home studio, I Like You (A Lot)
features Carney backing the Tarnations' Paula Frazier on kazoo ("Hawaiian Eye"), showing off his sax skills on Don Redman
's "Chant of the Weed," and even taking on electronica ("Funky Fred from France"). Full of skronk and humor, this is the goofy four-track album we all wish we had the chops to make. --Jason Verlinde