The Residents are for a quit long time around and since the end of the 60s they explore the experimental/avant-garde area of the music releasing over 40 albums, but also they explored the multimedia area. Pioneers in exploring the potential of CD-ROM and similar technologies, The Residents have won several awards for their multimedia projects, and Ralph Records, a record label focusing on avant-garde music, was started by them. Actually they are more an art collective than a classic band. The Residents – as they declare – are “four people who dabble in the arts, they make music, videos, perform, and generally have a pretty good time.” Well, “Lonely Teenager” is pretty dark, but still colorful, surprising and exciting material. Mostly navigating on some strangely colored space rock/psychedelic fields,Â “Lonely Teenager” is a trip into a dark labyrinth of conscience.
There is still many speculation about the members true identities, most of theme swirls around their management team, known as “The Cryptic Corporation.” My favorite from this new album is “Boxes of Armageddon”, but the whole material flows nicely. Mysterious music from a mysterious band, good old stuffs, good old music.