Ready for the House

Jandek - Ready for the House
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Based on 11 ratings
August 31, 1978 / Release Date
LP / Format
Corwood Industries / Label
Avant-Folk / Genres
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I think it's brave and avant-garde, but in terms of looking to this for the same emotional retreat as I do with artists like Swans, Robert Ashley, Andy Stott, The Caretaker, etc, I never come to this. I don't find myself ever wanting to listen to it, even when I feel I'm in the right mood for it. Because there are other artists that accomplish soundtracking those numb, distant, vacant sociopath days so much better.
Jarring, atonal guitar chords paired with eerie, apathetic vocals and an unsettling record cover to boot, this is straight up one of those records you'll end up hating or loving at repeated listens. Certainly a unique musical experience but not for the faint-hearted.
One of the most unsettling things ever put to record. Atonal acoustic guitar sung over by an equally tone deaf vocalist. I have no idea what he's singing about to be honest but with song titles like "Naked in the Afternoon" I think I'd prefer not to. There really is nothing out there quite like Jandek, and I'm not sure whether that's good or bad.
90% of this album is LITERALLY a guy just strumming out of tune open strings. The same tunings, the same strings, similar rhythms. I like the idea of doing it for one song but for an album’s worth of material its very draining. It’s not BAD as such but its way too repetitive for me.
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Added on: October 20, 2016