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Keneally is one of the most supremely gifted musicians currently breathing oxygen. Scambot is tuneful, progressive, avant garde, classical, frivolous, serious, thinking person's pop. (Number 2 on 2009's Top Ten) --Jeff Meirs, The Buffalo News

It may be the most bizarrely wonderful thing your ears have ever heard, even if you're familiar with his other works such as Wooden Smoke, Nonkertompf or Boil This Dust Speck. If Willie Wonka wrote music he might just MIGHT come up with something like this. --Jeff Kent, Aural Addict

I had the privilege to a sneak preview of Mike Keneally's new album Scambot, and it is simple: there is We're Only In It For The Money, there is Sgt. Pepper's LHCB, there is Trout Mask Replica, there is the music by Webern and there is Scambot. --Co deKloet, NPS Radio

1. Big Screen Boboli
2. Ophunji's Theme
3. Hallmark
4. Chee
5. Tomorrow
6. Cat Bran Sammich Pt. 1
7. You Named Me
8. Cat Bran Sammich Pt. 2
9. Saturate
10. M
11. Cold Hands
12. We Are The Quiet Children
13. Foam
14. The Brink
15. Life's Too Small
16. Behind The Door
17. Gita
18. DaDunDa

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Exowax Recordings
  • ASIN: B002QMUYUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Hallenbeck on December 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Before buying this album, I had never listened to Mike Keneally before. I knew he was Zappa's stunt guitarist in '88, and I own almost all of FZ's records. I am also a big Beefheart, Vai, DZ fan as well. I (like the liner notes say to do) listened to this album all the way through with headphones on, as loud as I could. I can not possibly put into words they beauty I find in this album. There are many, many different genres, including Jazz, heavier-rock, pop-ish like songs, and then just straight up jams and experimental-electronic music. Yet, it all blends together perfectly and coherently. Mike Keneally is without a doubt a genius, whether it be on guitar, piano, and vocals. Many of the songs do contain vocals, which are densely layered. IMO, this is one of the best albums I have ever listened to. If people want a true comparison, I would say it is like a modern-day "Trout Mask Replica", although I think it is a bit more accessible. Don't be fooled by the song "Hallmark" as found on youtube and elsewhere, most of the album is certainly not this 'pop' sounding, which I thought it might be after hearing that song. Highlights include "Tomorrow", "Saturate", "Behind The Door", and "Cat Bran Sammich". There is no weak song on this album. My friends don't understand why I like it, but from a musician's standpoint, this is as good as it gets. AND Joe Travers (from Zappa Plays Zappa) plays drums on a couple tracks which is an added bonus. BUY IT
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derek J. Hunt on May 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Mike Keneally's latest album is truly a gift to those who love music. The listener is rewarded with his usual eclectic and varied compositions, however, something that Mike says in the liner notes rings particularly true for this disc: [this album is] "Dedicated to anyone who still listens to entire albums with their headphones on."

How rare is it these days that a composer considers the entire album format a palette to work with. So often we are assaulted with bite sized, auto-tuned chunks of music without heart. The songs on this disc range from indie-esque pop "Hallmark" to furious fusion/jazz pieces like "Chee" (definite Mahavishnu or Dixie Dregs feel on this track) to hard-rock songs like "Tommorow". Although many of these songs could fit nicely within a genre, the music is entirely Keneally. Keneally literally covers the entire musical spectrum with ease. Each piece feels good on it's own, however, the tracks flow effortlessly with one another.

Zappa fans will equally love this disc as many parts feel like some of the Grandmaster's more esoteric work.

This disc is quintessential Keneally, and deserves a place in every music library. The only thing I wish Mike would consider for the next Scambot is a 5.1 mix on DVD.

Do yourself a favor, buy this, listen to it on headphones and read the awesome story in the CD jacket. I guarantee you will remember that feeling you had as a kid intensely combing over the lyrics and artwork of an album, while losing yourself in the music.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WillieB on June 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
No doubt Mike is a versatile, creative, superb musician and songwriter. I'm a big fan. While I love most of his music some of it is over my head. There are a few good songs on this release but most songs are just plain weird, so it's been really difficult for me to get into this album. I have the same issue with "Nonkertomph". As always, the musicianship and engineering is fantastic.

If you're a fan and like Mike's experimental music by all means pick this up, but I won't be reaching for this disc as often as I do "Sluggo", "Dancing", "Hat", or "Boil That Dust Speck".
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