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Spoils Of War, The / I I
Album:I I Collection:General
Artist:Spoils Of War, The Added:09/2005
Label:Normal Records 

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Album Review
Josh
Reviewed 2005-12-15 
genauer@math.stanford.edu

Spoils Of War, The - II
Late sixties art rock. Male, female vox. Varied instruments. Poor recording quality. Long bluesy organ jam tracks, art folk arrangements, and songs that would fit in a musical. Long on complexity and experimentation; tragically, comically short on talent and execution. Contains nearly every psych rock figure of speech...performed horribly. Hindsight is wonderfully cruel.

***1. Organ. Rallying horns, female vox. scooby-doo camp. starts and stops to clunky effect.
*2.funky, fem vox, wah-wah, recalls Supersession.
**3.quiet strings. cheesy sung poetry
4. slow harpsichord, classical motif.
5. whimsical spoken/sung cheesy poetry
*6. female vox. awkward loping beat
7. sounds like a musical.
8. jazzy beat. bad clarinet. musical material.
9. subdued easy listening. a break-up song.
10. straight out of a musical
*11. acoustic. folk. fake Garfunkel.
*12. childlike. balalaika. very short.
13-16. campy organ and guitar jams. 15 is bluesy and in 3/4. 16 has jazz sax.
***17. long quiet funeral march intro. nice samples superimposed. morphs into psych rock.

Track Listing
1.Big Sugar Plantations 9.Morning Be Merciful
2.Dear Belgium Boy 10.Completely
3.In Again Out Again 11.Violets
4.Frosted Windows 12.Bubab To Bed
5.Lightning Snakes 13.Big City Frank's Drum Solo
6.Poughkeepsie Blues 14.Vladivostok
7.Missed Opportunity 15.You'll Never Know
8.Bomb Song 16.Our Secret Place
 17.Neckbrace