Lick My Decals Off, Baby

Captain Beefheart - Lick My Decals Off, Baby
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Based on 33 ratings
1970 Ratings: #40
December 1, 1970 / Release Date
LP / Format
Straight, Reprise / Label
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If you felt disinterested towards 'Trout Mask Replica's explosive free improvisation, or that 'Safe as Milk' was -- ironically -- too safe then perhaps here is the middle ground. While retaining the chaotic instrumentation of TMR and such polyphonic structures, specifically the Captain's dysfunctional tragic jazz-rock style, it feels more like an abridged teaser. Not to mention that despite being once again released on Zappa's label, 'Lick My Decals Off Baby' has much cleaner production. By ... read more
It’s got the dissonance, chaos, and insanity of Trout Mask Replica. But it’s definitely turned down. It’s not as vibrant, not as colorful, and doesn’t push the envelope as much as it’s predecessor did. But it’s still an album that can and will be enjoyed by those who like TMR.
I have a lot of love this album. Thematically and quality-wise it is probably the most consistent and cohesive album I've ever heard, not one track feels out of place, and not one song feels like a weak link. The instrumental portions have an almost MIDI-esque feel to them, with ingenious contrasting instrumentation. The more vocal heavy songs all elicit such grand imagery that is so alien yet so familiar by the aesthetics of rural America. I definitely believe Lick My Decals Off, Baby to be ... read more
Decals is a much tighter, and generally more accessible than "Trout Mask Replica". While it doesn't have as high of highs as "Trout Mask", it's just a overall better listen. The last couple of tracks are pretty weak, but in general, it's a very solid release.


Best Track(s): Lick My Decals Off, Baby, I Love You, You Big Dummy, Peon, Petrified Forrest
Worst Track: Flash Gordon's Ape
Improvisations that form a bluesy and provocative plan of experimenting for freedom.
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Added on: August 22, 2013