The Prime Time Sublime Community Orchestra - A Life In A Day Of A Microorganism [Corporate Blob, 2004]


The phrase "Zappa-esque" may well be the most over-used description in music journalism of the past four decades. Many artists and albums have been named "Zappa-esque" just because of a few odd time signatures or some weird vocal overdubs.

But, watch out, I'll say it: The Prime Time Sublime Community Orchestra sounds very Zappa-esque. Their latest cd takes you from '200 Motels'-era Zappa to his later Synclavier excursions - and back again. Prime Time's Paul Minotto writes instrumental music that is exciting and fun to listen to. One moment you think you're listening to a full blown symphony orchestra, thirty seconds later you're stuck in a crazy cartoon soundtrack.

Everything from mambo to 20th century classical music is thrown into the ptsCO's strange brew. The title track, with its narration about microorganisms and their daily activities, is a bit long, but the quality of the rest of the cd certainly makes up for that. This is Weirdomusic with a capital W!

Marco Kalnenek

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