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Griddle: Klimty Favela

No two songs are the same - yet it's a concept piece. Interesting.

The concept revolves around an off-the-wall comic book story, and Klimty Favela is described as the soundtrack to a comic. Interesting.

Listening to the album it's plain that the odd story-line was developed to tie together a collection of very different songs, which is a reversal of the norm. The songs drove the story here, rather than the other way around. Not that it matters - you won't be bored, and the quality of the songs and the musicianship is high enough to keep your attention through many replays.

Most songs are hard-edged rock with strong melodies played mostly by the standard rock ensemble - and cameo appearances of clarinet, trumpet and Mellotron. But it's the songwriting and - particularly - the vocals that cause the huge changes from one track to the next. Some examples:

"City Made of Teeth" is a bombastic, melodic hard rock piece. "Strong, Also Smart" is an odd piece with female vocals matched with male singing in a chanting chorus, accompanied by eerie instrumentals. Very interesting, and pure fun in an experimentally-theatric way. In "Picket Fence Grill" The vocals are in an annoying male falsetto, sounding like a take-off on the beach boys' singing style played over hard-edged instrumentation. Different. "Theme From The 1984 Olympic Games" is a sing-along piece complete with with clapping, and a pop-like vibe. And that's just the first four songs. The rest range from progressive spacey music with Floydian influences, through jazz, to an olde-English barroom song with a cheerful singalong atmosphere. The closing track is a Beatle-esque cover of The Monkees' "Porpoise Song" - arranged with multi-part male vocals over full instrumentals, which all fades slowly to seagulls. It's a cliche, but it in the context of this '60s-era piece, it works.

It's a pity that we didn't receive a commercial-quality copy of the CD for review here at the Sea Of Tranquility - so we can only imagine what Stephen Tompkins's 20-page comic book insert looks like, and whether the story-line is as whacky as it sounds.


Track Listing:

  1. City Made Of Teeth
  2. Strong, Also Smart
  3. Picket Fence Grill
  4. Theme From The 1984 Olympic Games
  5. Dr. Becky Bolank
  6. Jobsite
  7. Daphnis
  8. City Made Of Teeth II
  9. Theme From The 2060 Olympic Games
  10. Mrs. Jones's Molars
  11. Then Their Heads Exploded
  12. Porpoise Song

Added: November 4th 2006
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: Griddle's Web Site
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Language: english

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