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--Serene Dominic

Barry Adamson
Oedipus Schmoedipus
(Mute)

Barry Adamson--whose credits include a stint with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and contributions to soundtracks for films such as director Alison Anders' unjustly overlooked Gas, Food, Lodging--is clearly an extremely disturbed bloke. Fortunately, he's decided to share his problems with the rest of us. The multi-instrumentalist and conceptual prankster describes Oedipus Schmoedipus as the score to an imaginary flick about a mother-son relationship taken a wee bit too far. But aside from "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Pelvis," a lyrically specific ditty featuring the lead vocals of Pulp's Javis Cocker, Adamson prefers subtlety over specificity. His best pieces are instrumentals in which he slams together rock, funk and various movie-music references in order to achieve a melange that's as cheeky as it is catchy. The juxtaposition of darkness and smarm gives these offerings an undeniable charge. Mom wouldn't approve, but you will.

--Michael Roberts

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