Copernicus

No Borderline

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Copernicus' fifth album contains a variety of musical settings for his avant-garde, alternately visionary and directionless poetic ramblings. The record's liner notes indicate whether music and lyrics were composed or improvised, but there is often little difference sonically between the two approaches -- a testament to Copernicus' mastery of stream of consciousness writing. Although the "lyrics" are hit and miss, depending largely on the intensity of Copernicus' delivery, the music is never less than interesting. "The Voice" features a complete track by Mexican musician Zeferino Nanayapa, on top of which Copernicus overdubs bizarre ruminations in his typically deep, ragged, crazed voice. "There Was No" features BIX, the "most famous band from Lithuania." As always, Copernicus here falls firmly in the "love him or hate him" category, but the aptly named No Borderline should appeal to any open-minded fans of challenging music such as Captain Beefheart, Ornette Coleman, or James Blood Ulmer.

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