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The People's Choice Music: The Most Wanted Song, The Most Unwanted Song
1. Most Wanted Song, The
2. Most Unwanted Song, The
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2
These artists ran a poll on the world wide web asking people about their most wanted and most hated musical instruments, voices, forms and styles. The results, as interpreted by conceptual artists Komar & Melamid and composer Dave Soldier, are the two songs on this CD. "The Most Wanted Song" features slick production, beautiful vocals and clocks in at 5 minutes, while "The Most Unwanted Song" features accordions, bag pipes, drum machines and runs to a grueling 22 minutes.
Personnel: David Soldier (banjo, violin, keyboards, drums); Ronnie Gent, Ada Dyer (vocals); Vernon Reid (guitar); Lisa Haney (cello); David Watson (bagpipe); Wade Schuman (harmonica); Yuri Lemeshev (accordion); Andy Snitzer (saxophone); Dave Grego (tuba); Mary Bopp (organ); Rory Young (drums); Christine Bard (percussion).
Liner Note Author: David Soldier.
Recording information: Acme Recording Studio; Big House Studios.
This is music creation by survey. Russian artists Komar & Melamid have previously undertaken public surveys to determine the most and least-agreeable paintings. With New York's Dave Soldier, they have extended this to music. Online surveys were used to determine what instruments and styles were most favorable in music. The same questions were asked with respect to unfavorable music. As such, the "most wanted" song should be liked by roughly 70 percent of the earth's population. In this case, it contains a love theme in the lyrics and is sung in a basic R&B style, with piano, saxophone, and guitar featured (Living Colour's Vernon Reid makes a surprise appearance as the guitarist, no less). The least-likable song combines an opera soprano with rap beats for 20 minutes, with lyrics about cowboys. This alternates with children performing Wal-Mart commercials and screamed political rhetoric, all with the occasional banjo, harp, bagpipe, and tuba outbursts. The tempos and volumes shift suddenly from time to time. It is potentially some of the most annoying music one will ever hear. That being said, that's the whole point of it: to explore what can happen when music is created with an empirical approach. The album is not to be picked up for its musical value (though the "Most Wanted Song" isn't too bad), but for its novelty value primarily. If you're looking for novelty, then, this is the way to go. ~ Adam Greenberg
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