Thank You Scientist - Maps Of Non-Existent Places
- Artist: Thank You Scientist
- Album: Maps Of Non-Existent Places
- Label: Thank You Scientist
- Year of Release: 2012
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- Reviewed by: carlita on 2012-06-15
Thank You Scientist, the "7- headed monster", has recently released their full- length album, Maps of Non-Existent Places. Before checking out this record, I found some hilarious Kickstarter plea and success videos showing amusing creativity and interesting costume choices on YouTube. This Jersey boy (minus the Shore fist-pumping) progressive rock orchestra unexpectedly begins the record with a soft Queen acapella "Bohemian Rhapsody"- like "Prelude". The rich sound and musical arrangement recipe, which includes violin, trumpet, saxophone, and theatrical lead vocals help set the rock opera stage. Throw in some great 70's Carlos Santana and 80's hair band guitar riffs and mix to taste.
There's so much going on in every track, stimulating my ears (would love to hear this live), I had to listen to each several times as each individual musician has a stand-out moment on tracks like "Blood on the Radio", "Absentee" and "My Famed Disappearing Act". Several of the album tracks made me of think of the concept of being physically present (going through the motions as a door-to-door salesman) but not being mentally or spiritually present on "bullsh-t overload", "fargone" wandering off into a dream-like state, contemplating one's purpose in life.
Instrumental track, "Suspicious Waveforms" interestingly had some jazz and bossanova undertones, which was a cool surprise. "In The Company of Worms" starts off Bollywood style and emphasizes introspection, describing a man who's "still jumping in puddles when it rains", seizing the day before life is over and you're in the ground with squiggly friends. Maps of Non-Existent Places, showcases a diverse collection of artists with the potential to reach the stratosphere.
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