R. Stevie Moore

Iconoclasm

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The companion album to Monotheism, Iconoclasm is a similarly noodly collection of keyboard improvisations, only this one is even more of a collection of half-formed fragments. Well over half of the 23 tracks are under two minutes. What saves the album are longer and more fleshed-out pieces like the ten-minute "Iconoclasm 11," a genuinely interesting improvisation for grand piano that sounds like Frank Zappa doing variations on a theme by Erik Satie, and the fascinating synthesizer-and-tape collage piece "Iconoclasm 20," which at times sounds like the German space-rockers in Cluster or Neu! had gotten hold of a few accordions. The longer pieces are of great interest to fans of R. Stevie Moore's more experimental instrumental work; fans who just like his catchy little pop songs should probably look elsewhere.

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