Ray, Rick - You People

Year of Release: 1999
Label: Neurosis Records
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 60:00:00

As we continue our tour through the releases of the extremely prolific Rick Ray, we begin with material recorded in July and August of 1999, collected on You People (a couple of tracks are from the early 90s, but not indicated as such). Again joining Ray is clarinetist Rick Schultz. Here, as on previous disks, the highlight is Ray's guitar playing.

While there are parts of opener "The Night Crawls In" that are likable - a Rush-like feel peeks out momentarily between versus, but otherwise this is an abstract, discordant, and dense slab of noise - not in the metal sense, but in the chaotic sense. Effects laden vocals and a warped melody make this off-putting.

Among the strongest tracks is the title track, which has a much fuller sound. There are a few sci-fi-like sound effects, but these aren't detractors. Other highlights are "The Nasties Are Coming," a deceptively low-key track, quirky in the way that Warren Zevon's "Werewolves Of London" is, and almost as catchy (though it wouldn't be mistaken for it). Ironically, the next track is called "The Big Bad Wolves," another overall good track, that doesn't resemble Zevon's classic in any way. If Ray were to take the middle tracks (most of those listed here) and a few from his previous disks (previously reviewed, at least), he would have a very strong single album.

Ray shines when he eschews cleverness for composition, and vocal tracks for instrumentals. It's not his vocal style that prompts that latter comment, but the arrangements tend to be more open when they don't have to support lyrics. Granted, some of those middle tracks are vocal tracks.

The album closes with Ray's take on Francis Scott Key's immortal "Star Spangled Banner" - here aptly corrupted to "Bizarre Spangled Banner."

The Night Crawls In (5:23) / The Dolphin Endorphin (6:00) / Mental Block (4:30) / You People (9:42) / Pictures of Darkness (4:43) / Distorted Faces (part 2) (4:58) / The City (3:17) / The Nasties Are Coming (4:35) / The Big Bad Wolves (4:20) / Talk To Me (4:15) / The Garden (5:12) / Bizarre Spangled Banner (3:05)

Rick Ray - guitars, bass, percussion, RX8, vocals, and guitar
Rick Shultz - clarinet

Abnormal Road (1999)
Balance Of Power (1999)
The Great Antagonist (1999)
Clone Man (1999)
Atomic Soldiers (1999)
Neurotic Tendencies (1999)
You People (1999)
Looking Into the Past (1999)
The Key To The Bottomless Pit (1999)
Cast Into Our Dimension (2000)
Living In An Insane World (2000)
Mind Control, Inc. (2000)
Guitarsenal (2000)
Manipulated DNA (2001)
Insanity Flies (2001)
Existing Passages (2002)
The Guitarsonist (2002)
Rick Ray Band - Into The Hands Of Sinners (2003)
Rick Ray Band - Out Of The Mist Of Obscurity (2003)
Rick Ray Band - Night Of The Living Dedicated (2004)
Chainsaw Manicure (2005)
Rick Ray Band - Temporary World (2005)
Rick Ray Band - Nothing To Lose (2007)
Rick Ray Band - Violence Marred By Peace (2008)
Rick Ray Band - The Setlist (2009)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: January 1st 2000
Reviewer: Stephanie Sollow
Artist website: www.rickray.net
Hits: 822
Language: english


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