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Grand Opening & Closing


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Audio CD, October 30, 2001
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1. Sleep Is Wrong
2. Ambugaton
3. Ablutions
4. 1997 (Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's...)
5. The Miniature
6. Powerless
7. The Stain
8. Sleepytime (Spirit Is A Bone)
9. Sunflower

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Seeland Records
  • ASIN: B00005O7SM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on January 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Imagine, if you, can a cross of King Crimon's _Thrak_, GWAR, early Thinking Plague, and the Art Bears (SGM's Carla sounds somewhat like a sweeter Dagmar Krause too) played by demonic midgets ripped on peyote wailing away on a panoply of homemade instruments.
Okay...you're part way to what Sleepytime Gorilla Museum unleashes on this album. Truly, this ensemble is in a league of its own and even the above description will only scratch the surface. I love it - currently this is one of the best avant-garde rock albums I have.
I will try not to pull a cheap cop-out on the reviewing job with a "this is too hard to describe" line. The music here is wickedly dense and challenging, full of discordant bursts, twisted arrangements, texture to drown in, thick waves of percussion (::gasp::), crashing metal, bewildering contrapuntal interplay, and provocative 20th century classical influences. It's noisy without being abrasive, and challenging without being hard to listen to. Vocals run from sugar-sweet (Carla Kihlstredt) to the throaty male aggressiveness (whoever the lead male voice is). From the spooky-to-crashing dynamics of "Ablutions", the raucous thrashing of "1997", the fractured RIO/indie of "The Stain"... this record oozes ingenuity and brilliance out of every pore. The skeptical may find it tough to take these guys seriously, but this is really quite cerebral and fascinating music. And if you think it's all scary-weird stuff, "Sunflower" is surprising -- just eight minutes of dreamy, sparse ambiance that barely even seems to make sound. Really beautiful but strange. The one-minute "The Miniature" is quite a pretty interlude as well.
This is the kind of music that most will hate and few will love. I am one of the few.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Blue Collar on November 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album caught me totally by surprise.

Granted, I didn't really know what I was walking into when I picked it up, it was only a recommendation from a friend who listens to good music. Now you won't have to be surprised; just go ahead and get this album.

This band is truly pushing experimental music in new directions. I say experimental, but it's really mostly rock of the progressive kind, very angular and often heavy, but solid. The musicianship of these people blows my mind regularly. From the first off-kilter notes of the first song, "Sleep is Wrong" (a killer tune about growing up) you can tell that they have put a LOT of time into writing, and then a lot more into perfecting their recordings.

There is definitely a lot of metal influence, but I can't call it metal because it is more intricate and even beautiful than any music that calls itself metal. Also could be said to have jazz influence, but mostly in how the music is painstakingly and dynamically arranged.

In other words, this album is hard to describe. But is is sooo damn good.

After seeing this band live I am convinced that in the future we will look back on this band as one who created and personified a whole movement of music; Sleepytime Gorilla Museum are the new Futurists.

I would recommend this album to anyone who appreciates daring experimental music (such as Mike Patton or John Zorn), or to anyone who likes their rock heavy and interesting (like Shellac or Nine Inch Nails), or to anyone at all, ever. This band will command your attention.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Raldante McGillis on September 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum will frighten you the first time you listen to "Grand Opening and Closing", in fact, to anyone that considers Radiohead "the pinnacle of experimental rock" (hey man, got nothing against them, but they are hardly experimental), I advise you just stay away from this album.
Like a perfect mix of 70's and Thrak era King Crimson, The Residents, and Thinking Plague. SGM could best be described as Avant Prog, long winding "songs" that act more as collages of sound balance out the main pieces of music like Sleep is Wrong and 1997. And for the average music fan, this will be annoying as it gets. But for every listen you give the album, more of it becomes amazing to you.
Also, check out the past bands of some of the memebers, Idiot Flesh and Tin Hat Trio. Idiot Flesh is more like SGM, but Tin Hat Trio I would describe as Tom Waits influenced Chamber Jazz. Very good stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris 'raging bill' Burton on March 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If there is such a thing as MIO (Metal-In-Opposition) then this is it. I wasn't entirly sure what I was getting into when I put this on for the first time. I was greeted with a dark, aggressive and crushing album. Other reviewers are right to liken this album to a cross between Thinking Plague, Mr Bungle and King Crimson as it has the avant garde melodies of the first, the wackyness of the second and the dissonance of the thrid (well, their more recent, experimental work anyway).

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum's strength is that the note choices, odd rhythms are very much in line with avant-prog/RIO bands like Henry Cow and Thinking Plague whilst being overtly metal at the same time. It's not much of a challenge to mimic the avant-garde aesthetic but it is a great challenge to genuinely capture it and make it your own. There are times throughout this album that send chills down my spine. Other times they seem determined to make your ears bleed with dissonance and noise. Likewise, their metal elements do not disappoint. These guys rock. They groove. They make you bang your head. It's a combination I didn't think would work but it really really does.

Despite comparing to other bands there is nothing that sounds quite like this. SGM are totally unique and recommended to any fan of experimental metal or hard edged avant rock.
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