The Residents

Buckaroo Blues

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When the Residents released this EP on their fan club label, there was no clue that this modern arrangement of cowboy poetry would form the opening act to their overreaching Cube-E live show. In fact, it seemed like a joke, a puttering around in search of lyrics to set to music, narrative intact. There's a selection of poems here, including "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie," delivered in the same sing-song style of God in Three Persons. And, like that concept album, it only takes a few listens for the endless stanzas to become irritating. Fortunately, the long piece is not all storytelling and becomes quite affecting near the end. The first of the other two tracks on the disc is a retake on "Land of a 1,000 Dances," which had been so brutalized on Third Reich 'n' Roll. This rather needless cover merges into "Double Shot," a song that was also covered on Third Reich, and then used again as the theme to God in Three Persons. The last track is an unused overture to the abandoned God in Three Persons live show, which in parts almost sounds like John Adams.

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