| ||Quite frankly, this compilation deserves nothing short of an A+. Both of these albums are acknowledged classics in the genre; One Nation Underground is overflowing with ideas and may appear schizophrenic at first, but it's never to the point of irritation. The songs are all lyrically and vocally linked. Rapp's style initially was even more oblique than his later work.
Balaklava is a refinement of the dusty lowkey rainy day psychedelia on the first album ("Another Time," "The Surrealist Waltz" etc.) It ditches any attempt to rock and is the more satisfying because of it. Enhanced by crackly sound bites, the acoustic pickin' and moan-singing are the substantial and compelling centerpiece of the album.
Both amazing albums that deserve to be heard by anyone who's liked the recent Espers, Born Heller or Animal Collective records.
p.s. ckramer--these records were made before Tom Rapp started smoking pot!|