Frank Difficult "Sonic Bukkake Vol. 2"
I really enjoy Bukkake references in music - seriously! How is this for a name for an album: "12 Horse Bukkake Throwdown"? Think about it! I'm sure I would have given this album a better score if its title wasn't so misleading. An album by some cat named Frank Difficult, a first class name in its own respect, named Sonic Bukkake ? I would have expected something explosive or perhaps with not so much effort put into it. But with all the effort wasted on this not so brief double cd-r affair, the results fall quintessentially short. Instead of Sonic Bukkake sounding like an onslaught of hurling yogurt embarrassment as one would hope; it is a derivative take on early electronic music. What sounds like a bunch of variable speed tape players in a state of constant flux becomes a tedious proposition as it approaches, say, the 7 minute mark. Looking anxiously at the track listing you realize not only is there over 50 minutes left on the cd but yet another full length to forge through which is truly unreasonable, especially for me ? as I have a lot of reviews on the back burner. Despite its trying length, Difficult?s brand of vintage tape funk is certainly evocative to say the least. Listening to the first few tracks passively I felt as if I had all of a sudden stepped into a khaki-warp, as if a clan of docker-clad portal mistresses had took me behind the scenes of some mid-century 3D shit ? like pseudo-psychedelic barbarian weaponry and multicolored furnace knots or something. But overall the impact is minimal and over-stated, the music is imitative and manicured attempting to replicate sounds that were originally created out of boundaries and now emulated out of a technological accessibility that can arguably allow you to make any imaginable sound anyways. Extra brownie points for the super creative packaging which is basically a piece of 8.5?x11? paper folded to accommodate the 2 cd?s. I suppose I'm to make a witty final assessment? 4/10 -- Andrew Zukerman (28 June, 2006)