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Mr. Music Head - Adrian Belew

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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: Adrian Belew / Audio CD released at Atlantic

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      21.03.2008 20:15
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      Adrian Belew's fourth album (1989).

      Adrian Belew's fourth album shows very few signs of the multi-talented, experimental musician's multi-talent or experimental tendencies, as although Belew plays all of the instruments including voice (with the exception of some bass work from Mike Barnett on two songs), this is largely commercially-oriented piano-driven pop music, reminiscent of David Bowie's early R&B era.

      Although the most explicitly commercial, it's the singles 'Oh Daddy' and 'Peaceable Kingdom' that end up the most successful, primarily because the other tracks fail to really distinguish themselves. The opener is catchy and inoffensive, with backing vocals from Belew's daughter Audie, while 'Peaceable Kingdom' is a slightly more experimental affair in its dabbling with world music and incorporation of jungle and animal sounds as ambience. It's pretty relaxing, if a little dull, and successfully encapsulates the atmosphere of its namesake painting by quirky American folk painter Edward Hicks, even if it's a little telling that the rest of Belew's songs here all sound pretty much the same, just as Hicks famously reproduced the same painting over sixty times with only minor differences.

      The mood varies between ever so slightly manic and comparatively happy with more or less each song, but it's only at the end of the album that Belew's progressive tendencies come through, and not in any sizeable quantity or quality to appease the fans. 'Bird in a Box' features some odd vocal and guitar touches, while finale '1967' takes the listener on an intriguing narrative journey through the sounds and sights of the sixties, but it isn't really worth the wait.

      1. Oh Daddy
      2. House of Cards
      3. One of those Days
      4. Coconuts
      5. Bad Days
      6. Peaceable Kingdom
      7. Hot Zoo
      8. Motor Bungalow
      9. Bumpity Bump
      10. Bird in a Box
      11.1967

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Oh Daddy
    2 House of Cards
    3 One of Those Days
    4 Coconuts
    5 Bad Days
    6 Peaceable Kingdom
    7 Hot Zoo
    8 Motor Bungalow
    9 Bumpity Bump
    10 Bird in a Box
    11 1967
    12 Cruelty to Animals [*]