Maniac Meat - Tobacco
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  • Summary: Black Moth Super Rainbow's Tom Fec releases a second solo album as Tobacco, which features Beck as a guest vocalist on two tracks.
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  1. Interestingly, while the album does a lot to establish Tobacco as a solo artist in his own right, it does so through calling attention (to a greater degree than any of Fec's past work) to the artists that might have influenced him during his formative music-listening years
  2. It doesn't take a lot to make old technology sound damaged and creepy. But taking the next step and making that creepiness sound appealing is what makes Maniac Meat the feel-weird hit of the summer.
  3. The songs are too determinedly distinctive to gainsay. But that mental sonic world that the music creates would be less intense, less encompassing, and listening would be less a transportive experience in the Tom Fec Dimension. Thankfully, this is Tobacco's world, and you can't trust your brain to determine mystery from madness.
  4. 70
    Not much has changed; it's just been both fortified and demented, buzzsaw harsh and woozily intergalactic.
  5. As opposed to the sometimes overwhelming whimsy of Black Moth Super Rainbow, admittedly conveyed more on record than on-stage, Maniac Meat is a glowering fuzzed-up sprawl.
  6. 60
    Beck-assisted psychedelic electronica from Black Moth Super Rainbowman. [July 2010, p. 98]
  7. Since the sound of Maniac Meat is really no different than BMSR (or Tobacco's earlier solo albums), the lack of memorable melodies or thoughtful composition becomes increasingly frustrating as the record drones on. An album called Maniac Meat shouldn't be so predictable.

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