Review: Matmos – Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast

Passing listeners will have trouble wrapping their arms and ears around this high-art concept album, which uses sonic pastiche and genre-mutating frameworks to profile the likes of Ludwig Wittgenstein and William S. Burroughs.

It may be the precise opposite of “easy listening,” but it’s also a groundbreaking, if not brilliant, example of character study.

Favorite Track: “Semen Song for James Bidgood”

Grade: B+ – Jetty, May 2006

About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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