Snooks is easily an experience that casual listeners
won't immediately grasp. That, in itself, is a shame. Self-described
as a "Dada Beat experience", Snooks' album Unfinished
Business is an amalgam of variety: utilizing spoken-word
interludes, ambient soundscapes and low-tone portions performed
with xylophone, drums (live and programmed), organ and guitars.
The album has a excellent pace that draws you along through
the experience like a casual trip through an post-modern art
When you first put this album in, you might find yourself
wondering what in the hell is going on. Slushy Cucumbers
immediately dives the listener into a pattern of odd electronic
sound looped into a opening track that lets the listener know
they're in for something special. Following this up is the
especially slow groove of the interlude New Xylophone.
A few tracks in, the purpose and pace of the album becomes
apparent to smart, sensitive listeners. By the time track
6 Hey Mister rolls around, you should see the range
and quality of sounds that will proceed through the rest of
With the experimentalization and intellect used to make this
album, it's hard to point out any handful of tracks that can
be singled out. Each plays a part, leading to the next piece.
Spring is almost funny in it's straight-forwardness
when compared to other tracks on the album. The heavy bass
of Go There Now is a slow pulse leading to Hotwire,
a casual piano/bass/drum piece. To listen to any track on
it's own would be like looking at a painter's stroke without
seeing the whole painting. On a personal note, though, I could
listen to off-best bass and drum of Mâste Ut
over and over again.
Unfinished Business is an enjoyable experience that
should be injested as a whole. Cutting this up into small
radio-digestible snipets would ruin the presence that it brings
to the table. It's unfortunate that modern radio has such
a short attention span, because they're missing quite an impressive
and inventive piece of work.
If you are interested at all in this, check out http://www.planetkc.com/ithomas/intro.html,
where you can order a copy of your own. If you enjoy anything
off of the beaten path, you owe it to yourself to get this.