Aug 2, 2008

DAVID THOMAS & THE WOODEN BIRDS " Blame the Messenger " ( US, 1986)

on the thresold of a tenement year




After "SOUND OF SAND"(1981), "VARIATION ON A THEME"(1983), "MORE PLACES FOREVER" (1985), DAVID THOMAS brought his (seperated from PERE UBU) whimsical avant vocalism & art philosophy to extreme with "MONSTER WALKS THE WINTER LAKE"(1986), a seductive, imaginative acoustic, theatrical, concept album.

For the next step, he changes direction.... WOODEN BIRDS this time is CHRIS CUTLER, JIM JONES, ALLEN RAVENSTINE, TONY MAIMONE, so "BLAME THE MESSENGER"(1987), built on amazing CUTLER`s drumming, is a return to avant rock lands. The jazz-rock (RIO) rhythm section keeps the compositions form open, while the rest musicians wake up eclectic memories from an art-post-punk past. If the previous solo works of DAVID dealt with winter atmospheres, this one presages the end of hybernation of avant-garage. The following year was a "tenement year", indeed.

5 comments:

cia said...

Thanks a lot!

btw, one track is missing

number 5: The Storm Breaks

Anonymous said...

Hi, is it possible have the link at webbatici@tiscali.it ?
Thank

paramo said...

file fixed.New link.You can download BLAME THE MESSENGER full album now.thanks CIA for watching us.

cia said...

i'm watching you! :lol:

thank you, paramo!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I have the album on vinyl (but my cover is in blue rather than red - strange). It will be great to hear this again.