Thursday, May 3, 2012

CD Review: Mucca Pazza's 'Safety Fifth'

Mucca Pazza
Safety Fifth
Electric Cowbell Records

Chicago's own, Mucca Pazza, is a marching band, slash rock band that plays music indicative of a crazy, Balkan band of gypsies in a modern age. The modern leanings and quirky drums and horns makes Safety Fifth a thing of splendid glory. The instrumental delights are steeped in brass, drum, and assorted instruments, including the accordion, mandolin, violin, sax, trombone, and trumpet. The circus-like atmosphere borders on cinematic qualities, too. The hodge-podge of musical influences are not surprising with the showy album artwork and diverse instrumental repertoire. The gritty, almost Latin underpinnings with a hint of surf music and classic show tunes makes Mucca Pazza shine with every note. Try a bit of sass in your diet today! ~ Matthew Forss

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