Mike Watt - Secondman's Middle Stand, The (+DVD)
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Watt's bursts of half-spoken, half-exclaimed vocals bring to mind both the amphetamine-driven poets of the Beat generation (Watt does have a penchant for apocalyptic and scatological imagery--see "Pissbags and Tubing"), and Captain Beefheart circa TROUT MASK REPLICA. As has always been the case with Watt and his peers, however, sheer creativity and vitality eclipse any quirky shortcomings. Watt's exemplary bass playing drives the affair, and acts as a thread tying together the fractured, jump-cut nature of his compositions. From the mock gospel rave-up of "Puked to High Heaven" to the pounding prog-rock of "The Angels Gate", Watt is still as in-your-face as ever.
1. Boilin' Blazes
2. Puked To High Heaven
4. Tied A Reed 'Round My Waist
5. Pissbags And Tubing
7. Angels Gate, The
8. Pluckin' Pedalin' And Paddlin'