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Kilgore Trout meets Steely Dan! A masterwork,
This review is from: Kamakiriad (Audio CD)
"Kamakiri", I have been told, means "Beatle" in Japanese. The "-ad" suffix as in Odyssiad, so it's journey of the beatle. The car is "not a freeway bullet or a bug with monster wheels, just a total bio-sphere." The logical extension of "Aja", "Gaucho" and other late Steely Dan. Exquisitely well thought out, cerebral, yet funky. The story of the journey of an improbable solar powered car with a vegetable garden inside! Full of clever Fagan lyrics. Rock, jazz, R&B, New age influences, impossible to classify.
A great stereo test record, spectacular recording quality!
Standout song is "Tomorrows Girls", a cautionary tale diseased about beautiful Party Girls from outer space who come to earth for a good time with Earth Guys. "A virus wearing pumps and pearls".
Listen for the fireworks when "some loser fires off a flare". Kamakiriad is chock full of lyrical, tongue-in-cheek songs, not a bad cut on the album.
Gentle non-abrasive music. A masterwork! The only thing wrong with this album is the length of time it took Donald Fagen to do it. Let's hope he does another album soon!
Kilgore Trout meets Steely Dan!
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Initial post: Oct 23, 2012 2:41:41 PM PDT
Software and Sound says:
Actually, Kamakiri is Japanese for Praying Mantis, not beetle. It's also a slick self-reference to the Katydid on the cover of Steely Dan's 1975 album Katy Lied. Gotta love Donald FagEN.
Posted on May 20, 2015 3:46:10 PM PDT
You are right. It is a masterwork, and ironically neglected. It took me a long time to appreciate it. The last minute or so of On the Dunes is worth $50, at least. Do you hear the strings there?!! Why can't we have more music like this? I can't listen to Jazz -- it is so abrasive to my ears and lacks so much of something that Donald Fagen has in spades. THERE REALLY IS NOBODY LIKE HIM OR please tell me who is - I need more music like this.
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