Album Review

Lucas, Gary – “Improve the Shining Hour ” – [Knitting Factory Works]

Thurston Hunger   10/1/2005   A Library, CD

Please revel in the joyful exuberant *PLAY*ing of
Gary Lucas. This wide-angle compilation is a great
portrait of Gary, from a photo with the Nixons to
the explication and explanation of Beefheart’s
“exploding note theory” to all these great guests
(Nick Cave, Peter Stampfel, DJ Spooky, even the
good Captain himself). These show so many projects
and styles, segued really well…broken down,
breaking fingers(#5) to drone-on Popol Vuh-doo(#18)
to stratocaster labyrinthine pop(#14) to Unabomber
ominous($15) to bubbling acoustic fingerpicking
goodness(#7) This is an [in]complete delight to
look at…learn from… and… listen to!

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