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Music for Total Chickens
Asthmatic Kitty

Rating: 8/10 ?


January 19, 2007
Rafter's Music for Total Chickens makes me think about vomit. No. Wait. Hear me out on this. I am not going to speak for everyone, but occasionally most people consume too much of a good thing. We then run for a receptacle and purge the excess goodness from our bodies and feel better. On his new album, Bunky alumni Rafter Roberts shows us that he has taken in too much music from a variety of sources that seem to include The Books, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Daniel Johnston, TV On the Radio and maybe even Enya. Rafter could no longer hold it all in and ran to the studio and puked out this strange and quite often wonderful record. These are short musical fragments without need for a larger whole. There are even anti-war and anti-consumerism messages dropped into the mix, each adding yet another layer to this already dense record.

There exists in Music for Total Chickens a scattered quality that makes it a challenging listen. For example, the track "Gentle Men" begins with a disjointed rhythm, stabbing keys and a monotone, if somewhat plaintive, verse from Rafter. This mess immediately forms into a gorgeous synth run completed with ethereal female vocals. All of this is accomplished in under two and one half minutes. There are noisy and gruff guitar tracks like "Your War" and "Unassailable", back to back, and the followed by the pastoral "Interlude". The album's epic track, "Boy", which clocks in at a whopping four minutes, begins with sparse pounding drum and distortion. By its Viking Funeral conclusion, "Boy" has reformed into the glorious Asthmatic Kitty tradition of a serene chorus, symphonic strings and harp.

Music for Total Chickens isn't going to change your life. What this album was designed for though was your next mix tape or CD. This is music for the MP3 blogs. If you need something to bridge a chasm between songs that seems impossible, look no further than Music for Total Chickens. This is an album that you will end up hearing piecemeal on mixes for the next five years. Why not hear it in its entirety now?

Reviewed by Jon Burke
A contributing writer and a Chicago resident who will not be goaded by LASís editor into revealing any more details about his potentially sordid affairs.

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