Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), describing the effect of Angel Dust's bold experiment is like trying to describe a sunrise to a blind man. Yes, you can explain the hues of the sky, the way "rods & cones" in your eyes pick up light and color, and maybe the physics of celestial bodies. But do you really convey the simple majesty of dawn? Angel Dust is like that...it's so strange and interesting that it's difficult to discuss in specific terms. Perhaps my analogy is a bit over-the-top, but I do believe Angel Dust is one of the most original albums by anybody, ever. You really have to listen to it to understand it.
From a biased point of view, I might pick "Caffeine" as my favorite, because it starts with MONKEY SOUNDS (which moves into vicious thrashy riffs and murderous screams). But actually, it's tough to pick out favorite songs from Angel Dust, because all are interesting and different and add something special to the album. The album is low on hooks -- the cheerleader bravo chorus on "Be Aggressive" is quirky and catchy; "Everything's Ruined" has a very singable refrain; "A Small Victory" is a more laid-back rocker with smooth melodies.
But everything else is much more offbeat and weird. As a matter of fact, Angel Dust's music is often violent, deranged, and frightening. There's something certainly unsettling about the opener, "Land of Sunshine", where Mike Patton's maniacal laughter, odd carnival-flavored keyboards, and punching bass line create an addictive wall of sound. "Crack Hitler" is spooky, with its funk-inspired guitar & bass interplay juxtaposing a sinister keyboard melody and Patton's creepy vox. "RV" is just plain bizarre, based on the piano with Patton playing the part of some guy speaking his thoughts as he sits in his trailer. "Jizzlobber" is about as haunting and fierce as music can get, but it throws you off by ending with a grand church organ. As diverse as every song is, somehow the pieces always manage to fit. Even the band's take on the "Midnight Cowboy" theme suits perfectly as a mellow conclusion to the craziness that has gone before.
If you're looking for an album that will remain fresh and interesting for 100 years, Angel Dust is for you.
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