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Vervloesem, Pierre / Not Even Close
Album:Not Even Close Collection:General
Artist:Vervloesem, Pierre Added:11/2008
Label:Off 

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Add Date:2009-01-11 Pull Date:2009-03-15 
Week Ending:8 Mar1 Mar22 Feb15 Feb8 Feb1 Feb25 Jan18 Jan
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1.Sat, 12 Nov 11:Eme O
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4.Fri, 27 Feb 09:Wedge
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2.Sat, 07 Mar 09:Eme O
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5.Tue, 24 Feb 09:James Painter
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3.Fri, 06 Mar 09:Wedge
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6.Sat, 21 Feb 09:Eme O
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Album Review
Wedge
Reviewed 2009-01-03 
Oh my god this is awesome. Crazy, catchy instrumentals mixing prog and electronica and funny vocalizing. Big, big fun. Lots of wackiness on synths, masking some complex, Zappa-ish composing. Mandatory for fans of pop-synth sounds like Death By Chocolate or Thelonious Moog.

It's like a moving walkway with the speed set too high -- you don't lose your balance, but you often feel like you're almost there. Tracks like (8) leave you feeling bombarded -- just as you settle into one musical idea, it throws something else at you. (9) starts out loungy and nice but ends up more tense, with "bow-bo-bow" vocal chanting.

Vervloesem, from Belgium, was part of the crazed avant-rock/jazz/whatever group X-Legged Sally. It's all him here, with wife Michele Vervloesem adding some vocals.

1- Fast, breezy. The "yip yip yip yip... Voila!" part is just awesome.
2- A rare nearly-serious moment. Airy, w/pretty vocals (wordless). Slowish meandering, w/hints of modern classical. Overlapping vocals near the end are pretty damn cool.
3- Fast bing-bong beat. Pleasantly chiming at the end.
4- Nifty tiny swingy feel.
5- Fluty and quirky-classical. Gets into some stompy rock-out moments.
6- Chorus-like, more Bacharach than choir
7- Mellowish electronica melody, manic popping percussion.
8- Tense, bouncing, popping, playful.
9- Calm, even loungy. With some goofy vocal sounds later as it gets more tense.
10- Kind of a secret-agent march with synthy harpsichord sounds.
11- Fast faux-serious beat after a crazy synth solo.
12- Serpentine piano, fairly fast. Serious, then collapses into a funny synth-kazoo party.
13- Oh so Euro. Dry diffident beat, detatched French narration. 21st-century film noir.
14- Slowish, into warbly manipulated sound. Lots of Zappa-esque/classical turns. More noise-y than most.

Track Listing
1.Burba Bubba 8.Luis Luis
2.Das Madchen In Jeans 9.Martino
3.Roaccutane 10.Abitur
4.Nishi Guchi No Chugoku No Yadayajin Tachi 11.Imparate A Guidare, Massa De Teste De Cazzo
5.Compulsory Dance 12.The Bach Formula
6.Pas Mal Pour Un Elephante Defunte 13.400 Personnes
7.Evenly Dead In Brazil 14.I Was A Teenage Z