M.Ross.

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24th May 2011

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The Red Krayola - Introduction, 2006 Drag City
Leave it to Mayo Thompson and the Red Krayola to title a record “Introduction”, 40 years into their career.  Even the ever-evolving cast had been pretty steady at this point, with of course Thompson being the lone steady since their 1967 inception.  
John McIntyre is both a blessing and a curse here, kinda how I feel about him in general - everything he does just screams “90s Chicago!” whenever I hear it.  His rhythms and angular, dynamic and dry production style are all over this record; sometimes it works, sometimes it sounds like the Chicago Underground Duo (/Trio/Quartet, etc…).  On the pieces where it works - ‘cause Red Krayola songs are almost always “pieces”, not songs - it suits Thompson’s sort of tossed-off, non-writing style perfectly, providing structure and a steady hand to Thompson’s restless muse.  The overall results are that this is maybe the most accessible Red Krayola record, but also maybe the least adventurous one.  A trade-off which is worth it about half the time.

The Red Krayola - Introduction, 2006 Drag City

Leave it to Mayo Thompson and the Red Krayola to title a record “Introduction”, 40 years into their career.  Even the ever-evolving cast had been pretty steady at this point, with of course Thompson being the lone steady since their 1967 inception.  

John McIntyre is both a blessing and a curse here, kinda how I feel about him in general - everything he does just screams “90s Chicago!” whenever I hear it.  His rhythms and angular, dynamic and dry production style are all over this record; sometimes it works, sometimes it sounds like the Chicago Underground Duo (/Trio/Quartet, etc…).  On the pieces where it works - ‘cause Red Krayola songs are almost always “pieces”, not songs - it suits Thompson’s sort of tossed-off, non-writing style perfectly, providing structure and a steady hand to Thompson’s restless muse.  The overall results are that this is maybe the most accessible Red Krayola record, but also maybe the least adventurous one.  A trade-off which is worth it about half the time.

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