Jackie O Motherfucker – Liberation

3 out of 5

Label: Road Cone

Produced by: Jackie O Motherfucker?

Bummer.  That an album that’s front-loaded with such fantastically moving material could be brought back to an average rating by its concluding wandering tracks…  JOMF, being such a sprawling band – in members, in genre, in instrumentation – are bound to be hit and miss, but intra-album I normally find a level set.  Liberation, for better or worse, blows your mind on openers Peace on Earth and Ray-O-Graph – collectively 20+ minutes of tones and rumbles that build and release and build anew – and smartly surround the 19 minute In Between with two shorter, proper song-like pieces.  This is enough material for an album as-is, and would be a stunning achievement, showing how to wrangle the experimental field into something that’s equally rewarding for avant garde fans as it might be of interest to fresh ears.  Alas, over the next three tracks, the group then decides to tack on some minimalist fiddlings; songs that aren’t out of place on the album, per se, and certainly not out of place in their oeuvre, but that don’t add anything to the preceding songs.  And these tracks are so mild that I end up tuning out, which is what inevitably drops the album down to a 3.

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