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The Residents Swing Back to Pop

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The Residents - Demons Dance Alone
(East Side Digital)
4 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2002

Review by Tom Schulte

Demons Dance Alone is an extremely strong album from The Residents. The teaser of including "Betty's Body" on Petting Zoo heralded its imminent genius. That compilation was intended as a primer for listeners new to the group and included their most melodic, accessible material. This is the spirit of the group that celebrated its 30th Anniversary partly with these two releases.
Demons Dance Alone is also easily enjoyed; a lyrical, sublimated slab of weirdness from the group. This is the first studio album of completely new material since Wormwood (1998). It was written mostly during their 2001 European tour. Fans of the group's '70's and '80's albums like The Commercial Album and Stars & Hank Forever will appreciate the fact that the group's love/hate relationship with pop has swung back into love.

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