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Mark of the Mole

ResidentsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Over the course of an artistic career spanning several decades, The Residents have remained a riddle of Sphinx-like proportions; cloaking their lives and music in a haze of willful obscurity, the group's members never identified themselves by name, always appearing in public in disguise (in the old days... tuxedos, top hats and giant eyeball masks) and refusing to grant ... Read more in Amazon's Residents Store

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  • Audio CD (January 13, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: East Side Digital
  • ASIN: B000000PMB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Voices Of The Air
2. The Ultimate Disaster: Won't You Keep Us Working?/First Warning/Back To Normality?/The Sky Falls!...
3. Migration: March To The Sea/The Observer/Hole-Workers New Hymn
4. Another Land: Rumors/Arrival/Deployment/Saturation
5. The New Machine: Ideas/Construction/Failure/Reconstruction/Success
6. Final Confrontation: Driving The Moles Away/Don't Tread On Me/The Short War/Resolution?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fun fun! July 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What is it? It's spooky! It's political! It's not that political! It's not that spooky! It's the Residents doing a concept album! Well. What did you expect? It tells a story, and it's fun. Unfortunately, the Intermission tracks that used be on the CD have been remastered on it's own CD and we are charged extra money for them. This CD and Intermission work well together. This album is ESSENTIAL anyway.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First listen December 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have incredibly broad taste in music. I like music with an edge, sometimes with a "lot" of edge (Henry Cow improvisations, early Einsturzende Neubauten, Anthony Braxton's "For Alto"). I'm always looking for something new and different.

I just listened to "Mark of the Mole," and it is the strangest thing I have ever heard in my life. I find it almost impossible to describe.

The Residents' playing is functional, no pyrotechnics. The sythesizers sound like... well, they're not 80's cheesy. They can't be described as *anything* except subterranean, maybe. The vocals are creepy, like a children's record for a children's pageant staged by Edward Gorey. It is almost completely atonal throughout.

I think it's probably brilliant. And I enjoyed ever second. Don't ask me what I just heard, though - I'm still picking my jaw up from the floor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky February 22, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
If you ignore the whole Mole story line, this album just sounds like a purely abstract sound painting. I like this one as much as Eskimo, and I think it is way ahead of its time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Residents Most Successful Concept Album June 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If it weren't for their ability to make everything sound wierd, there is no doubt in my mind that this album had the potential to being a successful stage production. It has pathos in stacks that go to the ceiling of Fillmore West, and it seeths in anger. The music is listenable, and the concept is easy to understand.
In this album, the Residents tell a story of the Moles, an underground civilization, that are forced out of their caverns because of a natural catastrophy and are forced to live amongst the Chubs. As a result, tension and civil war results.
There is no resolution to this story, and that probably is reflective on the Residents alleged Louisiana background, where the civil war still rages in the blood of folks like David Duke.
If there is any criticism to this album, it is the flat sound of the music, made by moog-like instruments, and sounding as if they were filtered by an old sock.
If there is a Resident fan out there without this CD, stock up on it soon.
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