Considering the fact that they literally perform only one day per year (and then only for the purposes of recording), Monkey Power Trio of Ypsilanti, MI, has been able to hash out a rather distinct musical identity during their annual improvised recording sessions. The product of their 2002 visit to a studio in Athens, GA, Almost Clear finds their blend of post-modern noise making and neo-psychedelic aural wanderlust chugging along with continued enthusiasm and even gathering new wrinkles along the way. While the cheap synth morass of "Systematic Problem" and the wildly honking throb of "I Love My Life" are business as usual for these guys, the Scientology parody of the title cut exudes a perverse calm that's at once funny and unnerving, and the tribute to their evil friend Mike takes the "Huh?" factor to a new level. In short, this stuff is messed up, but messed up with a distinct sense of purpose, and it's hard not to admire these guys for the perverse purity of their vision, if not their level of productivity.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Deming