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The Most Wonderfulest Thing
Fuckeroo Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
A showcase of the happier side of satanstompingcaterpillars (who, oddly enough, now go by the name Black Moth Super Rainbow), The Most Wonderfulest Thing is, in the words of Ken and Tom Fec themselves, "a little different" than The Autumn Kaleidoscope Got Changed (album, sing to us), as "that one was folky,"" and The Most Wonderfulest Thing, apparently, isn't so much.

From when the opening keyboards of "understanding love thorough a singing forest," are abruptly dropped as satanstompingcaterpillars heads into "letter people show" with a few seconds of acoustic guitar to the last seconds of unrelenting, quietly hopeful-sounding electronics on "Aloysius version opposite b," The Most Wonderfulest Thing is nothing if not solid. It's also early-Sunday-morning-quietly cheerful, eerie, and, most important, utterly enthralling. If you can sit through "Once I Was Almost Magnetic" and not feel you are almost a part of the music when Tom Fec whispers, "You are a tree I can't quite see. And you are a leaf. And I am a leaf," I would be pretty shocked. I know it may seem kind of silly on paper, but just give it a listen. Trust me.

Like their past releases, The Most Wonderfulest Thing was recorded on a four track. It's still charmingly lo-fi, but more electronic than The Autumn Kaleidoscope Got Changed (album, sing to us), and there is more use of Tom Fec's hushed vocals. There are still purely instrumental songs, though, like "smog in cities," "our sandbox," and which are both good, but I'd say the hushed, almost broken-sounding vocals really add a lot to the mix, even if no real words are actually uttered, like the ba-ba-ba's on "melody for color spectrum."

A friend of mine told me this is great music to listen to when you're really drunk. But he also said its great music to listen to when you're eating a chicken parmesan hero. My take on The Most Wonderfulest Thing is that it's good enough to listen to just about any time, and if you haven't yet picked up the album, I'd advise you to do so as soon as possible.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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