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A History Of Madness by Thinking Plague

With this effort, guitarist Mike Johnson leads his ensemble through a potpourri of unearthly soundscapes coupled with an abstract aesthetic amid offbeat time signatures and more. The core sextet benefits from noted jazz trumpeter Ron Miles and ace prog-rock drummer Dave Kerman, handling the percussion chores here. Moreover, vocalist Deborah Perry adds a sense of innocence to these mystically fabricated works, based upon contoured arrangements.

The artists’ enigmatically crafted set consisting of harmoniums, saxes, fiddles and samples, are neatly rolled into an affair, awash with multipart movements. On the piece titled "Gudomy Le Mayagot," the musicians conjure up a hybrid brew, where Johnson’s classical guitar permutations nicely coalesce with strings, and accordion. As the group’s linear movements are offset by Mediterranean overtones. Whereas, many of these tracks contain ghostly synth treatments, meshed with sinuously rendered passages. Complex music for sure, yet Johnson and associates’ stab at madness, largely translates into a magical mystery tour for the new millennium. Recommended....

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Thinking Plague
  • CD Title: A History Of Madness
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Cuneiform Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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