"THE ADVENTURES OF
BUMBLEFOOT" CD REVIEW AT...
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Weird dual-egg at conclusion of instrumental
Advance to the last track on the CD. Listen to the music and wait. What you're about to hear is not credited anywhere on the CD. It's on Shrapnel Records.
You will hear silence for a few moments until something very odd happens: a dual egg. And it's totally at odds with the music you've heard for the rest of the disc. The CD is instrumental rock with virtuosic guitar playing. Now things
have taken a turn for the strange.
The first part of the egg has Ron Thal speaking in a strange monotone that he wrote a poem years ago and the words are VERY SACRED to him and that NO-ONE is ever going to know them and that he has assigned the letters in the words of the poem to musical notes and made a bizarre guitar-only composition that is comprised of these notes based on the words.
The music is to put it mildly extremely weird - it sounds like Morse code on the guitar.
Someone will have to try and figure out all the notes and then see if they can assign the notes to a letter to decode whatever the poem is but I fear it will be extremely difficult - the notes in the song veer into two note diad-style chords for a bit so I fear his "letter-to-note" key is a lot more complex than just letter a = key = e or whatever. I fear he has certain chords meaning letter combinations.
THEN, following that is a strange little song that sounds like it came out of a videogame with lyrics about the dangers of polluting the ocean and the environment. It's only about a minute long.
He doesn't sing on any of the other songs on the CD and his voice sounds like he's been inhaling helium and the drums sound like clicky little videogame percussion samples and the bass sounds like a synthesizer instead of a bass and the guitar sounds all warbly and warped.
After hearing this disc full of dense, unrelenting guitar chops to hear this unexpected levity made me laugh out loud. Highly recommended, he's a really great guitar player and you have to respect a guy who has a guitar that looks like it is made out of Swiss cheese.