- Audio CD (September 3, 2002)
- Original Release Date: 2002
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: East Side Digital
- ASIN: B00006HICQ
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Demons Dance Alone
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The Residents have spent the last 30 years "amusing the muses and confusing the masses" with music that ranges from absurd hallucination to the essence of poignancy. They have written music for Pee Wee's Playhouse and the Discovery Channel, as well as created two award winning games (Freak Show and Bad Day on the Midway). All this and more, while the actual members of the band have remained anonymous. Even guest artists have sometimes recorded their contributions separately from the band itself. And speaking of guest artists, The Residents have been joined by guitar wizards Fred Frith and Snakefinger, performers Penn and Teller, and many other very talented folks over the years.
But still, for many people, The Residents' music has been a lesson in ongoing obscurity and has not been viewed as "radio friendly". Demons Dance Alone (DDA) might just be the first recording from the band to offer a marginally mainstream audience a way to approach and appreciate The Residents, while long-time fans of The Residents should still not be disappointed.
DDA is broken into three sections: "Loss", "Denial" and "Three Metaphors". With all the material having been written post-9/11/01, DDA's overall feel is one of sadness, and yet the songs do not wallow in despair so much as they explore the ways neediness and despair manifests without judging it. The result is a recording that feels more personal than anything else I've ever heard from The Residents.Read more ›
One change to reckon with is their overall sound.. the guitar player and Molly Harvey have been with the group for some time now, and I've honestly had an undecided reaction to their inclusion till now, but with this project they have fully come into their own as creative participants. Some advocates of the new members would say that this is their "crossover album", that will finally propel them into the pop charts.. I don't see that happening anytime soon.Read more ›
If you're reading this, you are probably already a Residents listener. Obviously, in that case you have your own opinions. If you are new to the Residents, then I suggest you approach them by getting DDA, Petting Zoo (a budget sampler like Frank Zappa's Cheap Thrills series), or Eskimo (the Residents most well-known work).
Like most of their work, Demons Dance Alone is very satisfying & intriguing. Unlike most of their work, there is a (very small) chance in hell that a radio station would actually play some tracks off of it. Apparently the lyrics to Demons Dance Alone were inspired by 9/11/01. There is certainly a lot of sadness and thoughtfulness in songs like "Ghost Child", "Honey Bear", "Betty's Body", and "The Car Thief".
Of course this IS a Residents release, so some goofy weirdness is in order. This approach is most self-evident on "Mickey Macaroni" & "Make Me Moo" (both of which feature a child singing), the manic tempo increase on "Neediness", as well as a musical interlude of "Jingle Bells".
As far as musical textures are concerned, imagine combining Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians", Enya's voice, Captain Beefheart's rhythmic adventurousness, Kraftwerk's electronic approach, Devo's eccentricity, and a more subdued Tom Waites on vocals, then you would have an idea as to the originality and vitality of Demons Dance Alone. For sheer musical audacity and artistic integrity, the Residents are beyond reproach.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The CD is ok, but the star of the jewel case is broken.Published 6 days ago by Benjamin Isaac Ponce Rivera
Wrong cd in case but they apologized, let me keep cd and returned my money. Thank you.Published 12 months ago by Ryan Snyder
And I absolutely loved it. Haunting. Accessible. Different. Lovely.
I gotsta get me some more of the here Residents people!
If you gave up on the residents after their first five or six brilliant albums and wanted more here's one to check out. Melancholy, dark and very pertinent. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Cosmic Mike
If there was a nuclear holocaust and I could take only one Residents album into a bunker with me, this would be it. The music is strange, haunting, and perfectly executed. Mr. Read morePublished on May 31, 2008 by Octoworm
this is our eyeball buddies after 9-11.
They still have that atonal melodial space cadet glow. But the overall tonal and lyrical mood of this album is so depressing! Read more
Very nice record.
But I don't understand why so many say this recording is about the 9/11 2001. Where in the lyrics does it refer to 9/11? Read more
It may be tough to classify The Residents music, but try experimental Avant Garde with elements of general quirkiness thrown in. Read morePublished on December 13, 2003 by Mike Reed
The liner notes to Demons Dance Alone make some declarations about The Residents leaving their own band and being replaced, but obviously they're the same members. Read morePublished on January 2, 2003 by Ryan Hennessy