Mike Ke­neally

You Must Be This Tall

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Ex­owax Record­ings

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!

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