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Tyondai Braxton is probably better known currently as the lead "singer," and multi-instrumentalist, for Battles. When I ripped this CD, my computer software labeled it as "Classical," probably meaning this is considered, or wanting to be considered, more high-brow. But you can tell Braxton never takes it that seriously - someone else must be responsible for that.
Battles fans may miss the drumming (we'll call what's in here "percussion," to keep with the high-brow theme). And John Adams might sue. But everybody else should be very pleased.
Braxton leads an ensemble that is mainly percussion and electronics, but also strings, and a kazoo is prominent for a lot of it. His weird singy-voice-manipulating thing shows up on most of the tracks, but it's just another instrument.
What comes out is very dramatic, cinematic - I would not be surprised to see Braxton show up with an orchestra in the near future.
The best attribute is that it's very lighthearted, whimsical. He's having a lot of fun.
He has won well-deserved praise from Bjork for the effort, and fans of the latter would definitely do well to pick this up. I bet Frank Zappa would give it two thumbs up, too. If you want a quick taste of the album, listen to about 30 seconds of Uffe's Woodshop - that would be the most representative taste of what you'll get.
And listening, I concur with John Jon's review comparing it to Zappa: late Zappa. The electronic constructions and weird timing sculptures remind of Master Frank's synclevier experiments such as Jazz From Hell and Civilization Phase 3. Purposely ramshackle houses of rhythms, counter-rhythms and noise monsters, all taking full advantage of modern electronic perfection.
Most bands use technology to make music sound trendy or to make the same music they could play on guitars in their garage. Guys like Zappa and Braxton use technology to make music human hands can't, and that puts music like Central Market in a whole other world
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