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Mighty Vitamins, The: Take Out

"When are you goin' to get a good job?

So sports one of the zany lines to the opening track "Get a Good Job" on the equally zany album Take Out from The Mighty Vitamins. Like much from the Public Eyesore Records roster, The Mighty Vitamins take melody and structure and throw them out the window, and instead focus on impulse improvisations between members Jerry Johnston, Jay Kreimer, Brad Krieger, and Luke Polipnick. Somewhere between free-jazz and avant-garde, most of these songs are instrumental featuring sax, flute, trumpet, guitar, keyboards, and various types of percussion. At times things are quite chaotic and dissonant, like on "Nakatani" and "What a Way to Go", where it gets hard to separate the noise from what you might call music. Every now and then though The Mighty Vitamins throw a jazzy, proggy piece at you, like the Zappa-ish "Marked", the funky rock of "39 Steps" (which has some almost King Crimson meets Miles Davis elements to it), and the sprawling avant-jazz of "April 21".

Fans of the ReR Megacorp roster should really dig this, as well as many of the offerings on the Public Eyesore label, but overall Take Out is pretty demanding and dense stuff, so if melody and order is your thing, the music of The Mighty Vitamims might be a little too claustrophobic for you.

Track Listing

  1. get a good job
  2. loops and spirals
  3. stoppages
  4. turbulence
  5. celebration
  6. nakatani
  7. what a way to go
  8. marked
  9. talk that big talk
  10. 39 steps
  11. april 21

Added: March 29th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Public Eyesore Records
Hits: 2121
Language: english

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