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Eddie the Rat: Food For The Moon Too Soon

Eddie the Rat is a project courtesy of Peter J. Martin (aka Peter Rat). The band's new CD Food for the Moon Too Soon was recorded live in 2001 at Artist's Television Access in San Francisco and has just now seen the light of day. Playing in this performance are twelve musicians using various forms of percussion, sound effects and chant-like vocals. I have to say right from the start that this music is not for me. Consisting of weird sound effects and percussion sounds that continue on and on and do not stop until the song is finished, I found the whole thing a bit of a mess. There are some vocalizations added to the mix but it is not near enough to help this recording. Perhaps I am missing something but I just cannot get into music like this. The major problem is the inherent lack of musicality presented here. There are virtually no melodies to be found and the songs do not seem to go anywhere.

The album starts with "Metabolized", a song inundated with strange sound effects and not much else. In the second track "Waiting for (Ain't Never Gonna Get) Enlightenment Blues", female vocalizations and percussion interrupt the noise but do not offer enough substance to make this one much better. The only time I can see myself playing this album is on Halloween to scare the children when they come to the door. "Food for the Moon Too Soon Pt. 2" would fit the bill in that regard as the droning effects and strange background vocals are eerie enough to send shivers down anybody's spine.

I know this review comes across as pretty harsh but Food For The Moon Too Soon does not have many redeeming qualities, at least not to my ears. If you are into recordings with weird sound effects and strange percussion sounds by all means check it out but for everyone else stay far, far away.

Track Listing:
1. Metabolized (3:14)
2. Waiting for (Ain't Never Gonna Get) Enlightenment Blues (4:31)
3. Food for the Moon Too Soon Pt. 1 (8:28)
4. Cannibal (2:46)
5. I Ovulate in Mode (8:06)
6. Spiritual Amnesia (4:16)
7. Food for the Moon Too Soon Pt. 2 (7:56)
8. Primordial Hoot (4:11)
9. Life (as a Prosthetic-Workaround for the Soul) (6:57)

Added: November 9th 2009
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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