Joe Fonda & Gilbert Isbin's Blisters is like a plate of raw, unprocessed oysters. There's some good meat to be found in the CD's thirteen tracks, but you have to go through a lot of dense material to get at it. The music here is almost completely deconstructed. Fonda's bass still retains elements of melody and rhythm, but Isbin's guitar is largely reduced to a percussion instrument for the first half of the album. Toward the conclusion of the disc, Isbin starts to play his instrument in a more recognizable manner--his playing on "Two Times" contains some nice traces of Flamenco, for example--but by that time you may have lost interest.