Album Review: Your Turn by Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog
Exceptionally Good, Based on 3 Critics
AllMusic - 90 Based on rating 9/10
Party Intellectuals was a stellar debut album and it seems Ceramic Dog was pretty geared up for the follow-up, Your Turn. It's just as eclectic, just as rocking, and just as twisted, and has plenty of raw, noisy guitar. Your Turn is just a bit leaner with no songs even close to breaking six minutes. Easing in with "Lies My Body Told Me," the tune quickly gathers steam and snarling guitars until the band is pretty much at full-throttle for "Your Turn," an absolute scorcher.
Marc Ribot gets the last word on the press release for Your Turn by asserting that “Ceramic Dogs just wanna have fun.” The truth is, they’re out for blood. Just look at that cover, a tic-tac-toe board mocking its opponent with just one empty space, awaiting your futile move. My turn, you say? Can I at least get my affairs in order first? For anyone who is just now playing catch-up with Marc Ribot’s career, the restlessly creative guitarist often said that he had not been in a real rock band since high school.
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