|Produced by Mike Keneally|
|Released on November 24, 2009|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
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AYA: My, a new concept album from Mike Keneally!?!?
RAHM (licking Maya’s lips just at the thought): Mmmm slurphh heeeeem.
The question on everyone’s mind is: What has Mike Keneally been up to lately? The answer is: He’s up to Act 1. Scambot 1 is a full-(mind)blown concept album about thought control, giant cats, people with bowling ball heads and a hero named Serial Consciousness Agent (Military Division): Bringer of Truth (a/k/a Scambot I have no idea where the D went although is anyone surprised that a Mike Keneally album is No D?). The concept, rendered in twenty and one half delicious squares on the liner notes, sixty-six minutes of music should you pull your head out of his notes long enough to notice, may be semi-autobiographical, probably stems from a festering disenchantment with the music industry and is almost certainly the product of a warped but cherishable genius. Not that any of Mike Keneally’s discs are something you just load into the CD tray and listen to in the background, but Scambot 1 is especially not such a something. It requires your attention, in part because (frankly) it stops demanding it somewhere around “Cat Bran Sammich Part One.” The waves of sour notiness, brain-pokingly smart at first, eventually dragged me into the undertow of apathy until the likeable “Cold Hands” and a powerful guitar solo on “We Are The Quiet Children” liberated me again. Most Mike Keneally discs are funnier and poppier than Scambot 1; most Frank Zappa discs are too for that matter. I guess I was expecting Joe’s Garage Act 4, and a few more “Hallmark” moments would have made me happier. As for whether Scambot 1 is an intimidating masterpiece or an outlandish hoax, omelette you decide.
|EX-2410 back sleeve|
MIKE KENEALLY -- guitars, bass, keys, voices, piano, drums, bells, engineer, additional art
Bryan Beller -- acoustic bass, bass
Ruud Breuls -- trumpet (4)
Co de Kloet -- voice (1), creative catalyst (4)
Evan Francis -- saxophone, clarinet, flute
Leo Jansen -- tenor sax (4)
Murk Jiskoot -- percussion (4)
Jesse Keneally -- vocals (7,18)
Marco Minnemann -- drums, engineer
Rick Musallam -- rhythm guitar (9,15)
Marc Scholten -- alto sax (4)
Peter Tiehuis -- guitar (4)
Joe Travers -- drums (9,15)
Herman Van Haaren -- electric violin (4)
Bart Van Lier -- trombone (4)
Arno Van Nieuwenhuizen -- drums (4)
Hans Vroomans -- acoustic and electric piano (4)
Mike Harris -- engineer, mixing
Sam Orbec -- engineer (1)
Frank Mathijssen -- engineer and mixing (4)
Tom Trefethen -- engineer (9,15)
Gert Van Der Dolder -- engineer and mixing (4)
Lyle Workman -- engineer (7,10)
Scott Chatfield -- executive producer, mix suggestions, engineer
Atticus Wolrab -- art and design
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