[Nagnagnag] Kirk in the 90s

caw at beeb.net caw at beeb.net
Mon Jan 12 16:06:34 EST 2004

Ok, i think i will have to disagree - i find that most of 
Kirks solo albums are strong from the first track to the 
I think Kirk is as original now with each album as he as 
ever been.
2003 saw the release of BCD and TWAT - both totally original 
and nothing like any previous release and dead powerful thru 
each of their tracks.

I know - there always one who has to disagree ...

---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 10:01:21 -0500
>From: "Gordon Bass" <gwbass at att.net>  
>Subject: [Nagnagnag] Kirk in the 90s  
>To: <nagnagnag at hollyfeld.org>
>I've gotta agree with Matt. It's been a few years now since 
I've been
>completely blown away by a new Kirk release. I'll keep 
buying them as long
>as he puts them out, and there are always at least two or 
three stellar cuts
>on each CD, but with one exception I haven't been amazed by 
a complete work
>since the 90s.
>For me, the mid 90s--specifically 1994 and 1995--saw Kirk 
at the peak of his
>solo game. Virtual State, Closed Circuit, and Intensely 
Radioactive form a
>trio of nearly perfect works (from three identities, no 
less!) that are each
>listenable from the first to the last track. All within a 
24-month period,
>and one of them's a double CD!
>I think there's a greater "musicality" and depth of 
production to these
>albums (and others from this period) that's been missing 
lately. I've been
>listening to Virtual State for a decade now, and I'm still 
stunned by its
>cinematic scope. Kirk himself once said he imagined the 
album to be the
>soundtrack for a Blade Runner type of film. Maybe "Lagoon 
West" is a little
>bit of a throwaway (I've never been a fan of Kirk's "static 
wash" pieces),
>but otherwise the entire album builds steadily for more 
than an hour, with
>an unmatched complexity and variety of musical themes 
weaving in and out. I
>put this on when I'm writing, and it never fails to 
stimulate my
>Unfortunately Kirk's releases of the last few years have 
been characterized
>by two or three strong tracks each but also a lot of 
recycling...or maybe a
>lack of inspiration. I mean, "Spooks Inna Congo," from 
Afrocentris, is
>beautiful, rhythmic, tribal, complex. It feels organic. But 
a lot of the
>other tracks revert to one-finger noodling and filler. "Nye 
(...Mix)" and
>"Otecnique of Transformation" are fun to dance to, but they 
don't show off
>Kirk's creativity.
>Same with Bush Doctrine. There are a couple of stellar cuts-
-False Kings of
>the Earth and I Got Weapons are potent and angry--but 
there's some
>substandard stuff, too.
>There's one exception to all of the above: I think "one 
million and three"
>is a devastatingly original foray into funk and Americana 
of the 70s. I'd
>love to see Kirk dust off this moniker.
>In Kirk's defense, it's gotta be hard to maintain your 
output for thirty
>years. I can't think of anyone who's remained as prolific 
for as long. And I
>can't help thinking/hoping he's got another masterpiece or 
two in him.
>Anyone, just one person's thoughts.
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