|Mr. Music Head|
|Produced by Adrian Belew|
|Released on May 2, 1989|
|US CHART POSITION #114|
|Find it at GEMM|
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K RONOMYTH 4.0: THE JUNGLE BOOK. Having exercised his artistic demons by chasing his tail for a good forty minutes, Belew returns to his natural melyew: the digital pop jungle. Mr. Music Head even contained an actual hit, “Oh Daddy.” Throughout, I’m reminded of another pajama’d pop star, Paul McCartney, especially on the nearly perfectly postscripted patchwork of playful pop genius, “1967.” The first side of the album is from the same family tree as Lone Rhino and Inner Revolution, with plenty of animal mimicry along the way. Adrian wades a little too deeply into the woods beginning with “Peaceable Kingdom,” but the first five tracks are right in lynne with what you’d expect from the author of “Big Blue Sun.” Unlike his first two albums, which were strung-out showcases, Mr. Music Head is an ivory merchant, as likely to peddle pop songs written on the piano and peopled with Belew’s guitarzan zoo of animal noises. If The Bears taught us nothing else, it’s that Belew is more bearable on his lonesome than playing all cutesy in a quartet of like-minded popophiles. Young Lions wasn’t a roaring success either (pretty pink rose or not), but Inner Revolution got a lot right and, together with this album, began to deliver on the honeyfied pop music that The Bears appeared to be after. In fact, both Music Head and Revolution, while DIY albums, have more musically going on than most Bears tracks, suggesting that Belew was confined in a normal setting. He runs free here, right into the arms of Jeff Lynne and Paul McCartney most of the time, but sets enough boobytraps to keep listeners on their toes.
|81959-1 back cover|
ADRIAN BELEW -- instruments and vocals, cover design
Mike Barnett -- string bass (2,11)
Audie Belew -- female vocal (1)
Rich Denhart -- engineer
Sandy Ostroff -- front photography/paint box effects
Stan Hertzman -- back photography
Margaret Belew -- hand coloration
|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||May 2, 1989||Atlantic||LP/CDX/CS||81959||cd feat. bonus track|
|JPN||1989||Warner||CDX||22P-22706||w. bonus track|
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