Nomeansno

0 + 2 = 1

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Nomeansno is an odd band from Vancouver, Canada, who sound like they're from San Francisco. Virtuoso musicians (old guys too), they play their own invented form of punk rock, which features choppy rhythms, bass slapping, avant-garde noodling, and wacky lyrics. 0 + 2 = 1 is among their most far-out records. The songs here are incredibly long and somewhat repetitive. They don't necessarily need to be as long as they are, but this is the band's style, and listeners will either dig it or not be able to stand it. Nomeansno counts many musicians among their fans, and plenty of punks. The opening song "Now" has a fine acoustic guitar riff, and "The Valley of the Blind" is maybe the punkest song on the record, and also a winner. "0 + 2 =1" is pretty weird, while the closing "Joyful Reunion" is an epic tune that is among their best. This record isn't a knockout like Wrong (in fact, the B-side is pretty lackluster), but it has a lot of great moments stretched out over a record that's way too long.

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