Daevid Allen's University of Errors

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With the musicians comprising the University of Errors, Daevid Allen has a suitably eclectic format on which to set his whimsical, metaphysical, and sometimes inscrutable musings. The band brews together molten psychedelic riffs, spaced-out synthesizer flits, and grinding funk-jazz-fusiony-type grooves for a sort of early 21st century art rock. Allen's seasoned but effective vocals both question and revel in the maddening impenetrability of both the cosmos and life on Earth. Fortunately, he uses the aged, weathered quality of his singing to his advantage, instead of trying to sound like an arena rock star: he growls like a snake slithering on the sea's floor on "Ocean Motha," and also reaches for high, cracked, despairing pathos. There's an improvised quality to the songwriting (and the lyrics especially), yet the tautness of the arrangements is more thought-out than the usual spontaneous prog rock adventure. Like much such ambitious music, it could do with more melody and humor.

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