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Artist: The Residents

Label: Ralph

Produced By: The Residents

Tracklisting:

Voices Of The Air

The Ultimate Disaster

  • Won't You Keep Us Working?
  • First Warning
  • Back To Normality?
  • The Sky Falls!
  • Why Are We Crying?
  • The Tunnels Are Filling
  • It Never Stops

Migration

  • March To The Sea
  • The Observer
  • Hole-Workers New Hymn

Another Land

  • Rumors
  • Arrival
  • Deployment
  • Saturation

The New Machine

  • Ideas
  • Construction
  • Failure / Reconstruction
  • Success

Final Confrontation

  • Driving The Moles Away
  • Don't Tread On Me
  • The Short War
  • Resolution?

ReviewEdit

Part one of the Mole Trilogy, or, rather, the first Mole Trilogy, sets the stage for the story of the Moles (underground workers) and the Chubs (Bourgeois Leisure-Types); the Moles' world is flooded, and so they must come up to the world of the Chubs where they face discrimination; the story is a metaphor for underground culture versus mainstream culture, and it's a much darker album than the Residents typically did at the time. It was recorded out of frustration as being seen as "Pop Music Pranksters" (as a result of albums like Duck Stab and The Commerical Album, and to a lesser extent Eskimo) and, as such, it didn't have any elements that could really be seen as amusing. It's a really good album, but I have to admit, it's not one I go back to a lot—it tends to be one of those albums where I have it listed in my brain as a really good album, and when I go back to listen to it, I go "yes, this is a very good album!", but I just don't seem to think to put it on very often. It's definitely worth checking out, though. - Rev. Syung Myung Me

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