Review: Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972

Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972

Listen to a Hecker album is like listening to some weird symphony, while inside your washing machine, during the spin cycle.  That is the closest thing/experience/description I can give a person asking about him.  It can be a very challenging thing at times, because you know there is a beginning and an ending, but the in-between is very much in doubt.  This album in particular take a different angle in that it’s a lot less “beautiful, ambient noise” and more music with a purpose to be aggressive, even contentious, in theme.  You can still play this in the background, but this is much more interesting as a listening piece, in a pair of good headphones.  Three listens, and it’s never seemed very long at all.  It’s genius in how to maintain pace when it gets a little heavy.  This isn’t an album with specific standout tracks, though I’m sure people might have some favorites.

Grade: B+….a very good effort.  If you have no clue what he does – thank God for Youtube…see below.  Or visit a Brian Eno album for background.

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