Acoustic Ladyland ‎– Last Chance Disco



Iggy 1:59
Om Konz 5:52
Destchair 4:08
Remember 5:47
Perfect Bitch 2:01
Ludwig Van Ramone 4:40
High Heel Blues 2:05
Trial & Error 4:50
Thing 2:41
Of View 4:42
Nico 4:42

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October 3, 2016
referencing Last Chance Disco, CD, Album, BDV2555

“Acoustic Ladyland,” a satirical transposition on the title of the Jimi Hendrix album “Electric Ladyland,” and is probably more hard hitting than any of our parents could have imagined when they saw the Hendrix album laying across our beds ... especially if one were just comparing the hype of Jimi and album artwork found here.

The album blisters off with what I can only describe as biographical jazz tribute to the nature and character of Iggy Pop, called “Iggy.” The opening is so unexpected, so driving, and so “in your face,” that at first I wanted to make some comparisons to Death Metal, and how those musical fans might dig this record, I then took the thought back ... but on a relisten, I think fans of the genre would appreciate not only the volume, but the aggression found on the song. The next track mellows ever so slightly and then stretches out with almost a blues theme on the song “Remember,” which is framed both front, back, and center with a muted driving drum beat that both frames and holds prisoner to an improvisational, and at times experimental sax solo. “Ludwig Van Ramone,” is an obvious to nod to the Ramones, but sounds more like Joe Jackson, and is brilliant with a jazz / ska feel going on ... and is the only song on the album with lyrics.

While the album has all of the punches you would expect and hope for, they are well thought out, precise and clean ... often laid down over some sweeping electronics, that bring jazz into the twenty first century. There is something going on in each song that would lead one to believe that you have heard the music before, and this is astonishingly apparent on the song “Nico.” The band can move gracefully from melodic trancelike hooks and soft horn arrangements to hard edged sax licks, that demand to be reckoned with ... the same must be said of the incredible bass line [at times bordering on Funk] that holds everything together, yet seems ever balanced with a relentless drumming. There is a tangible thickness to the music, yet at the same time, it is possible to weave your way through all of the notes and center on any aspect that holds your attention ... that is, until something else reaches in to grab your attention.

I have never seen this band, and can only imagine that they look more like a group of punks then slick jazz musicians ... never the less, in that vain, they seem to break with traditions and go their own glorious way.

RYM is one of the coolest places I have found, so many of the people I’ve met have been more then willing to not only share their knowledge and experience, but have made the effort an expended the time to enlighten me. I’ve been seriously dancing around the edges of Jazz for some time now ... and would like to say thanks to PhilA for pushing me headlong through the door ... and making this brilliant piece of music my first serious consideration.

Review by Jenell Kesler