Great GoogelyMoogely!!!!! Is it possibble that this is the first review of a Zappa album. Everybody seems to throw the name around when staing influences, but where's the album reviews. Shame on all of you.
Absolutely Free is an epic work, replete with careful and coital use of interpolation, sprechstimme, leitmotif and other Very Important Musical Terminology. For those of you who have yet to hear zappa (or have only heard his more pop oriented 80's stuff) get this disk. It is very vocal heavy, but again in a more crazy choenberg sprechstimme way than in a lyrical way. there are only a couple of jam oriented guitar solos, but the ensemble guitar work is completely astounding.
There are a couple of tracks (Big Leg Emma) that don't fit the general theme and could have been left off. Also, the interpolation of Holst's jupiter could have been handled a little less tackily(maybe that was the point). This album is not your typical rock album. The songwriting on this goes beyond anything that had been attempted before and (imho)stands on the same level as the best of King Crimson and other "certified Progressive Rock Bands"
For all of those who claim zappa as an influence show some respect and put up some resources and reviews damnit.