Much as everyone seems to want to hate the man, it's proven increasingly difficult to dismiss the fact that Vincent Gallo is just too talented across far too many creative fronts. A ramshackle, home-made charm permeated the tracks presented on his debut album 'When' - released on Warp some months ago, and the same vulnerable patchwork permeates much of the material spread across the 29 tracks on offer here.
Containing music recorded for films between 1979 and 1998, the deeply cinematic stretches veer from lo-fi accoustic trembles to electronic washes of ambience and static pops. The opening 15 tracks recorded for 1983's 'The Way It Is' sound unbeleivably accomplished, bare and creatively honest. The temptation is almost there to describe them as 'ahead of their time', but that would perhaps ignore the long tradition of form and strucure honoured by Gallo in his own deeply charming way.
The 8 tracks included from Gallo's most known cinematic work - Buffalo '66 - open up with the truly mesmerisng 'Lonely Boy' - a kind of stripped layered melancholy in the finest singer-songwriter tradition that comes across as painfully auto-biographical, free of much of the arrogance and pretension that Gallo is reported to retain in character. Straight onto 1981's 'Downtown' and the 'Dum Beet' interlude, 20 seconds of treated lo-fi beats that offer a glimpse of proto-idm beat production in the most lo-fi sense, before 1979's 'If You Feel Froggy, Jump' unravels 3 tracks of open tape-edit experimentation inspired by the Concreté brigade with titles like 'Ass Fucker' and 'Ass Fucker (Reprise)' .
A truly intriguing and deeply enjoyable release from Gallo, made indespensible with the inclusion of Gallo's sometimes hillarious and often controversial liner-notes that veer from pure sexist bitchin' to slanderous ranting to the final, deeply moving homage to Warp's Rob Mitchell who passed away late last year.