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Quick take: Listened to Gary Wilson's Mary Had Brown Hair
again last night, and am in awe of his music and art. I mean to do a proper review eventually, and posted some other people's thoughts here
. I don't think he is "just a weirdo," I think his "loser mooning over old girlfriends" is a carefully thought out persona and his music as tight and smart as any I've heard. I would compare MHBH
to the Mothers' We're Only In It for the Money,
partly, obviously, because Wilson disguises his vocals by speeding them up the way Zappa did, but also for its intriguing combination of humor, poignancy, and Cagean noise aesthetics. Sped up or not, I love what the Dusted reviewer calls Wilson's "white soul bro" voice--the way he lapses from singing into just talking,or rambling, about those (fantasy?) femmes who won't stop circling around inside his brain.