The Bottom Line
- Widely independent and original
- Not something you'll set your CD player to repeat
- Released: November 2006
- 1 disk, 8 tracks
- Total Play Time: 72:00
Guide Review - Eighth Blackbird - Strange Imaginary Animals
Frankly, Strange Imaginary Animals is probably an album I will never listen to again. I strongly dislike this style of music, as I get absolutely no satisfaction from listening. It's abrasive, unstructured, and ugly. However, I admire Eighth Blackbird for choosing to perform such bizarre works of art - they are a tremendously talented group of musicians, showing their extreme range of musical styles.
On the album you'll find works by five different composers, whose music represents ideas of movement, violence, and wildlife. Jennifer Higdon's Zaka, Gordon Fitzell's Violence (Preview, Purchase and Download) and Evanescence, David M. Gordon's Friction Systems, and Dennis DeSantis' Strange Imaginary Remix (Preview, Purchase and Download) are all world premier recordings. Also on the album is Steven Mackey's famous Indigenous Instruments.