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Lucid Nation
Tacoma Ballet 2xCD (Brain Floss Records)

By: Jeb Branin

Yet again the perpetual evolution of improv luminaries LUCID NATION is on display for the enlightened and open-minded. On "Tacoma Ballet," rather than fighting the "revolving door" curse of band members coming and going, LUCID NATION decided to embrace it. The band's nucleus of talent (Tamra, Ronnie, and Diane) surrounded themselves with outside performers and instead of treating them as "guests" treated them as full fledged band members (albeit for a short snapshot in time). The entire entourage secluded themselves in the studio and in two days created, recorded, and mixed a double CD set of 30 stellar anti-punk, post-rock, quasi-jazz songs that ironically are astonishing examples of what works in punk, rock and jazz. The music is comprised of instrumentation blessed with wanderlust and spontaneity but is anchored with Tamra's gritty and visceral vocals. At their worst, LUCID NATION crafts top-notch bursts of distorted bliss. At their best, they join artists like Pete Townsend and Frank Zappa (with a hint of THE GERMS) as architects of "literary rock."
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