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Posted October 1, 2010
Call it 3.75 stars in reality
As advertised, this CD does present, for the most part, previously unreleased material. However, you've heard some of it before if you've seen any of Hicks' TV specials or videotapes such as "Revelations" or "Sane Man". There also might be slight overlaps between the other CDs - a line here or there. On the whole though, the material is new to CD. In my opinion, it's uneven and starts weak; although there are great moments and lines in the first 10 or so minutes, there's no sustained genius as I've come to expect from W.H. Some of these early bits seem ill-chosen for audio, as they rely heavily on physicality and pantomime. For example, a riff on the field sobriety test (track 2) includes a 15 second spot of complete silence where Hicks is apparently walking as part of the joke. Things take a dramatic turn for the better with "Children on Airplanes", one of the highlights of the CD. From this point until the conclusion (with the exception of track 16, see note later), it's great stuff. The penultimate track (#17) is a great Hicks dark vision in the vein of Rush Limbaugh-as-an-impotent-sex-fetishist from a prior CD. Totally harsh, totally raw, totally hysterical in a disturbed and disturbing way. I've heard it somewhere before and I'm glad I've got it on CD now. Because it was culled from multiple shows, the audio does have a tendancy to shift quality from one track to another (and sometimes even within tracks). For the most part, it's not a big deal but it does detract from track 16 "My Favorite New Kid" - it's too loud and a little distorted. Overall, this is a welcome addition to the Hicks oeuvre, even if parts of it are sub-standard.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2009
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