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By Dusty Ray
Captain Cog and the Over the Ozone Gang’s latest album blatantly defies definition; it is an unabashed experiment in genre-jumping. A little bit of everything is on this cut: Country, punk, rap, and contemporary Christian style songs are all given a strange treatment.
The album opens up with “Wonderland,” a cheesy and anemic rock ballad that paves the way for the rest of the album. It is hard to tell just how much of this song is a joke; is it a criticism of pop rock? Or is it truly a bad song? Captain Cog wants the listener to decide.
The “metal” song “Let Go” is truly a horrific bastardization of all that is metal – sloppy drums, disjointed vocals, and a composition that leaves something to be desired again beg the question: Is this all a joke?
“There’s Gonna Glory” is a hilarious gospel song, complete with over-the-top lyrics of religious anticipation (waiting for Jesus to come, hope he gets here soon, etc.), and it is definitely one of the albums strongest tracks. Captain Cog even manages to put some classical on the album, doing an impressive guitar version of Bach’s Prelude in A minor.
The band pays homage to a number of genres much in the style of Ween, and they can play their instruments quite well, but something is lacking, and, depending on who you are, this can either be enjoyable or annoying as hell.