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Thursday, June 5, 2003

Review - Scrap-O-Matic

Artist: Mike Mattison/Paul Olsen

Posted on Thu, Jun 5, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Value-added portions of CDs aren't typically worth noting in a review. After all, who cares if a band tacked a video on the end of a CD. But Artists House a recently resuscitated label that, in the '70s, was known for head-scratchingly unique releases from the likes of Ornette Coleman has made their recent releases so powerfully tempting in terms of "extra" content, the "album" part is only one facet. To run it down: the CD includes MP3s of all the songs; a DVD is included that has a 96k/24bit stereo mix, a surround sound mix, "behind the scenes" footage, commentary and even printable lyrics/sheet music. Now that's a package. And that's what "every single CD that comes out" should include to validate the enormously inflated price point that the major labels insist upon. But what about the music? Well, Mattison and Olsen tool around in the post-jam haze of blues-inflected New Orleans funk, with a strong emphasis on strong musicianship and rootsy delivery. It's an organically rich record with rockin' overtones that even without the "bonus" material would be a strong one.

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