Sea Of Tranquility

The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu

Baboon: Secret Robot

Noise freaks Baboon get no respect; maybe that's rightfully so. This oh-so-agitated quartet from Texas seem to have nothing to be happy about in life, so they record random guitar chords and kitchen noises, while screaming about dead relationships and the angst that comes from having your shorts pulled down everyday in gym class. Life's hard.

The most surprising thing about Baboon is that they are sometimes good. Their album Secret Robot Control starts out with the driving, head-bashing "Night of the Long Knives", but from there the mix is uneven. It is possible to experiment with noise and still be musical, but these fellows haven't learned the trick yet. These short, aggressive anthems to the alternative-rock-isn't-alternative-enough crowd succeed sometimes, as on "You and I", but there is really not enough substance here to justify a whole album.

To their credit, the incredible intensity of Baboon comes across loud and clear through their music. These are four hyper guys - vocalist Andrew Huffstetler actually sprained his knee in the studio while recording - and you can tell it by listening to them. Also notable about Baboon is their brief cameo on a recent episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger." Chuck Norris hated them.

It's hard to recommend this album wholeheartedly, because there are so many appliances laying around my house that can make sounds more compelling than this. But if somebody were to give you the album for free, or if you were to find it stuck in a pile of old discarded rags, you might consider taking it home.

Added: January 1st 2004
Reviewer: SoT Archives
Hits: 3584
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]


[ Back to the Reviews Index ]

2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by