Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Don Caballero - I Agree... No!... I Disagree

The new Don Caballero album had me a little hesitant for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the only original member left in the band is now drummer Damon Che. Of course, many people would probably argue that Che is the most important member of the band, that the intricate layers of experimental and jazzy guitar noodling only provided a context for his almost superhuman percussive skills. However, on World Class Listening Problem (the band's first release on Relapse Records) we come to understand exactly how much of a role guitarist Ian Williams played in shaping their sound, and how mediocre they can be without his sonic creativity. Che is now fronted by former members of tech metal band Creta Bourzia, and while the music is not nearly as dark and jagged as I was expecting it to be, it's still a little too... straightforward. Instead of Williams' unique fret tapping, we have repetitive riffs and random digital pedal effects. But who knows -- maybe it's a grower. I've included an oldie but a goodie from What Burns Never Returns for comparitive purposes.

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Anonymous said...

I love this stuff...but what I hate most is good music without singing...Ah well, thats what imagination is for I guess.

prozak said...
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prozak said...

i think maybe the most dishearting thing about Don Cab isn't the departure of Damon Che, but the disappearance of the funny song titles. i don't think these new ones are doing it for me this time.