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|John Zorn||Arranger, Composer, Producer|
As appropriate as a blazing yellow cover is for an album titled "Lucifer", this is music of a different color altogether. I'm aware of the cliche, but this combination of musicians has a distinctly crimson tone to it. Their passion for the music is obvious; such as the way the violin snakes its way around the bassline and percussion, stopping every now and then for a rapturous little solo only to drag the rest of the group into the same frenzy. It is definitely a warm collection of music, surprisingly inviting for a John Zorn release. But it's deceptively accessible- I'm surprised that the titles of the albums in this Masada book haven't come up more frequently in reviews (maybe I'm just not looking in the right places). Every entry in the "Book of Angels" series is named after a demon, prince of hell, or guardian of some infernal gate. Yet the music is anything but "scary". In fact, most of it is strikingly beautiful. Sure, each album has its jagged edge here and there, but it just helps to provide proper contrast. Maybe that's the point- dispelling a stigma against things not normally seen as being palatable by the public. If you can change the view and expose these thorny, impish namesakes as being something worthwhile and beautiful, imagine what else can be done? But soapbox time is over. This is simply a fantastic album- the best in the "Book of Angels" catalogue so far, I believe.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2010
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