You Must Be This Tall
Mike Keneally is one of those naturally gifted musicians that can turn their hand to almost any instrument. That being the case, this is largely a one-man show although various people guest on the album. Mike worked with Frank Zappa in 1988 after calling Frank and talking himself into the touring band playing ‘stunt guitar and keyboards’. It’s hardly surprising then that for this album there’s a lot of complex instrumental work going on, with something of a 70s/80s experimental feel. There’s an occasional nod in the direction of Gong and Soft Machine but on the most part it’s Mike doing his own thing. The guitar work is exceptional; the whole thing is busy and often freeform, yet somehow it captures the imagination from start to finish. The phrase “No idea what will happen next” sums this up rather well. It’s chaotic, but inspirational and rewarding too. We like it a lot!