Reviewed by Mike Sembos
Ronnie Neuhauser's Styrocultural Antidote, Ballet of the Elephant. For
fans of Zappa, this prog-tastic record is angular and experimental,
with curveballs aplenty and a shameless sense of humor. It's completely
instrumental, save for one sentence In "Fe Fi Fo What the Fum?" and
the final track, "New Day and Movement," which features a positive rap
of sorts, along the lines of Rage Against the Machine but less angry.
Styrocultural Antidote sounds like a cleaner version of Hüsker Dü. Sometimes
it's like an '80s guitar virtuoso-type — say Joe Satriani or Eddie Van
Halen — is soloing over a late '70s prog band. Sometimes it sounds like
funky free jazz. The changes within each track are all so abrupt and
sharp-edged that the album could probably be played from start to finish
with no breaks between songs with no ill-effects.