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    Officer! – “Ossification” – [Megaphone Records]

    officer_ossificiation
    So happy to see this recently, 30 years gone from the original
    1984 release, and admittedly a peculiar cup of tea. A wordy
    gurdy quaint and quirky brew as could only come out of the
    UK. Mick Hobbs is apparently the corner keystone kop, but
    the brigade here includes much of the Family Fodder family,
    Mr and Mrs Tom Cora, and a holy Henry Cow. The music can
    range from art rock w/ faux opera vocals, to a kind of
    skiffle chamber music to folk music on the fritz to songs
    for senile children? The words unite these songs, scribble
    scrawled inside…even the title speaks to a sort of Spoonerism
    slip. Was it just yesterday, yesterweak, yesteryear that
    you called your cats “Dogface.” I wonder of “Anagrams”
    is really just a set of lyrics scrambled, but there’s
    a pleasant sort of logic to it. I guess “Boxers v Wrestlers”
    is a confrontational as it gets, but even that is just a
    lark. Listen to this like a jigsaw puzzle, spend time
    being amazed by the individual pieces, the lyrics, the
    strings, the sweetened vocals. Catherine Jauniaux offers
    “Telepathy” while Judy Carter offers insincere sympathy
    on “Hello” to a singer/speaker whose a bit too open and
    honest on responding to pleasant inquiries. Hobbs plugs
    in plenty of wonder throughout this, clever endeavours
    and even a touch of amour, not strictly for “Spitters.”
    So great that Jason Willet found a way to reissue this.
    Records are made to be played, and this one is ever
    playful.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm
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