Monday, September 7, 2009
Ambitious Lovers - Greed
The Ambitious Lovers were Arto Lindsay and Pete Scherer, playing art-damaged, serrated pop. Contributors to this album include: Naná Vasconcelos, John Zorn, Vernon Reid, Bill Frisell, and Joey Baron.
"The Ambitious Lovers then settled down to a duo of Lindsay and keyboardist Scherer, although John Zorn, Vernon Reid, Nan� Vasconcelos and others make contributions to Greed. Still frequently spattered with nutty noises, the album is surprisingly accessible; Arto's singing (again in English and Portuguese) rarely requires listener indulgence. So if "King" contains some impressive chicken squawk guitar and a houseful of Latin percussion instruments, the song itself is reasonably mainstream. Whether Greed is viewed as a commercial compromise or a more subtly subversive undertaking than the first LP, the mixture of normalcy and extremism gives it fascinating dynamic tension." - Mark Fleischmann