of the Heart:
Full Moon Over the Shopping Mall
FULL MOON OVER THE SHOPPING MALL / EHTOS / WAXING ROOM / ACTING THE GOAT / I'LL BE SAD TO SEE YOU GO
review by Patrick
MacArdle, December 1999 (First published F&F 11)
©1999 F&F Publishing
I'm happy to thoroughly recommend the latest dispatch from Jah Wobble's ongoing musical journey, boldly going where no musician has gone before. In short, another stunningly original set of tunes. I'll do my best to describe it, but keep in mind that these folks stick as many ideas into a single song than most bands could fit into a box set retrospective. I could spend all day trying to describe the various twists and turns each song takes. I've listened to it about three times a day for the last four days and I still hear something new in each tune each time. The album has the loose, friendly, improvised, feel of a live jam session. In mood it reminds me of nothing more than a classic Alice Coltrane record. The constant is the foundation that Wobble's bass and Liebezeit's drums provide.
For most of the record they're like one instrument. Various other musicians and instruments go at it on top of them. The first four tunes have an Indian feel to them, thanks to the sitar, tabla, and wordless vocals of B Shrivastav. And as if that wasn't enough, you also have C Bell's various high end pipes skitting around and JP Rasle's low end pipes getting a word in too. JP Rasle and B Shrivastav go home before the fifth track, 'Acting the Goat' starts. They're replaced by Wobble on keyboards. C Bell takes advantage of the extra space, honking and piping all over the place. Headphones recommended for the stereo goathorns solo! The sixth and last track is a whole new direction, as Wobble, Liebezeit, and J Cadbury channel Fela Kuti with their own version of an Afro-beat rhythm. C Bell's gone home, so H Becket's trumpet takes centre stage with Wobble and C Murphy making with the keyboards when you least expect it. Another masterpiece from start to finish.
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