Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SANTA DOG '92 (1992)

The final release from the Residents' fan club label, this was a slim, vinyl-sleeve package, containing a 12 minute long revisiting of the song they've been revisiting every four years. It's both a step forward and a step back: the minimalist musings here offer some of the scariest sounding work they have done for years. On the other hand, a careful listen to the lyrics reveal a strange desire to set their now familiar surreal chorus of "Santa Dog's a Jesus Fetus" into a narrative context. The last two minutes of the piece turn from deathly to some sort of uplifting resolution.


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