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CD REVIEW: The Prime Time Sublime, "The Prime Time Sublime"
By David Lockeretz - 12/29/2002 - 06:34 PM EST

Artist: The Prime Time Sublime
Album: "The Prime Time Sublime"
CD Review: It's not often that you can hear the influences of Tchaikovsky, Dick Dale and Kung Fu on the same recording, but that is just the tip of the iceberg for Prime Time Sublime. This curious recording goes back and forth between sounding like the soundtrack for a Spielberg film and resembling John Zorn's Naked City without the Japanese screaming. (If you don't know who John Zorn is, chances are this CD is not for you.)

I can't say it's stuff I'd listen to every day, but I certainly enjoy it once in a while. This orchestra breaks all the rules and it's hard not to be impressed by their unpredictability and their wide range of sounds, some of which sound like a bad day on the commode. You've gotta love song titles like "Holy War in your Pants" or "Invocation and Fanfare of the Tahitian Garbage Fairies."

There is, I must say, a certain sameness to the CD after a while, the Latin feel of "Pomp & Vindaloo" and the South Pacific influence of "Invocation" notwithstanding. But while it's certainly not for every taste, it is a surefire way of scaring the heck out of your neighbors and friends.

For my money, I have to admit that "Primetime Sublime" certainly is a sonic treat for anyone out there with an open mind. All six of you.

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