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Not your average Christmas album.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 02/07/2008 08:36:19
''Super Roots 9'' is the ninth installment in the Super Roots series and is the thirty-first release from the ironically monikered Osakan experimentalists Boredoms. This album, recorded all the way back in 2004 but only released in 2007, is a forty minute, single track recording of the band performing live alongside a twenty-four member choir on Christmas Eve at Tokyo's Laforet Department Store & Museum.
It takes a lot of guts to not only attempt to adapt your music to adequately compliment a choir, but to make the decision to record it live too is just crazy. Crazy enough to work that is. Which in this case it really does, thus forming the unlikely combination of heavenly choir singing, rhythmic tribal-influenced drumming and a sprinkle of electronic wizardry added sparingly to the mixture for good measure, I believe I may have also heard some guitars somewhere in there too. This has all the ingredients for a colossal disaster and when I originally heard about this concept I was skeptical, but after seeing footage from the bands legendary 77 Boadrum show (in which the band performed a concert in New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park on the 7th of July 2007 [7/7/07] with seventy-seven drummers) I was convinced that if anyone could pull this feat off it would be Boredoms, which they successfully manage to do here.
As I mentioned previously this is a forty minute single track recording with no breaks which may seem a little intimidating to many listeners, but this is a very rewarding listen, I'll admit that I did get curious and glance at the timer at somewhere around the twelve minute point but after that momentary lapse of concentration the rest of the piece just flew by in no time at all, and before I realised what had happened it was all over. ''Super Roots 9'' is another refreshing example of Boredoms eagerness to explore, push boundaries and create something truly different, but the greatest reward here is that it never feels forced, this recording feels like an entirely natural experience while maintaining a sense of excitement and, most importantly, fun.
Don't miss it.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Nanoprobe on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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