William Hooker

Gift of Tongues

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The two titles on this set, one of which is "Stamina" while the other is subtitled "The Hypnotic State," very much fit the noise-oriented improvisations. Lee Ranaldo's screeching guitar dominates the two lengthy pieces, Zeena Parkins' harp is electrified and unrecognizable, and drummer William Hooker creates a barrage of sound. The music is atonal and rarely even sounds like music, more like noisy feedback. It would have been intriguing to experience these performances live, but on record not only are melody, harmony, tonality, and rhythm missing, but any sense of development or purpose other than to create noise for as long as possible. For selective tastes only!

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