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Title:
The art of walking
Author:
Père Ubu (Musical group)
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Thirsty Ear, [1999]

℗1999
Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Language:
English
Contents:
Go -- Rhapsody in pink -- Arabia -- Young miles in the basement -- Misery goats -- Loop -- Rounder -- Birdies -- Lost in art -- Horses -- Crush this horn -- Arabian nights.
UPC:
700435707924
Format :
Music CD

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The Art of Walking was the first Pere Ubu recording that wasn't completely sensational. Red Krayola guitarist/mastermind Mayo Thompson replaced Tom Herman, and while he freely indulges in pushing the envelope when it comes to soloing, he doesn't have Herman's rock sensibility, so there's less pulsating, Chuck Berry-style riffing emerging from the mix. Also, the songs are a tad more obtuse -- not that previous Ubu songs weren't, but this collection, with its focus on the pastoral, falls apart when it becomes overly precious. Such is the fate of utopian concept records. Still, this transitional (if you want to call it that) record offers many rewards, even if as a listener you have to work a little harder to find them. ~ John Dougan