|Desire Caught By The Tail|
|Produced by Adrian Belew|
|Released on 1986|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
A n album of (mostly) guitar instrumentals, Desire Caught By The Tail still has something to say... to Belewís record company (Island), which one assumes would involve his contract, a certain amount of unguent and a very dark place. At least thatís the facet Iím facing at the moment, having previously captured a silhouette of Desire as Belewís communing with the noncommercial artistry of Frank Zappa or said communion falling miserably short of his idol at the altar. Of course an album looks different depending on the route you took to get there: on bended knee in deference to the guitaristís Crimson canon, on a lark after netting the tuneful Lone Rhino, maybe in pursuit of one more soiled black napkin to add to your monument of great mastubatory guitar moments. Criticism that captures all three aspects is confusing (however safe), so better to make a conglomerate of all the different things youíve heard about this album. Leave the critics to do their job: find one aspect and paint the hell out of it. Let the reader piece them together. And so the side I see is Belew writing a huge FU to Island, making the most unlistenable music he could conjure without giving the game away. He hasnít made anything this inscrutably awful since and he sure didnít make anything this bad before Desire, leaving this anomaly to look suspiciously like a very thoughtful raspberry. If youíre wondering what the music actually sounds like (and whether or not youíll like it), look to the artist on the other side, the one with the dirty knees. I came here looking for rhino, and the only thing worth shooting in this wasteland is the listener.
|90551-1 back cover|
ADRIAN BELEW -- guitar, percussion
Rich Denhart -- engineer
Stan Hertzman -- executive producer
Margaret Belew -- painting
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|JPN||2002||Island||CD||UICY-9239||24-bit digital remaster|
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