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CocoRosie

From the childlike front-cover drawing of a unicorn humping a horse (that's in turn humping a zebra that's barfing all over the place) and the back-cover photo of the sister duo dressed like two Native American Boy Georges (we couldn't make this stuff up), CocoRosie's Noah's Ark is out there. That's without even mentioning the music, which is an almost-kitschy blend of subversive folk, gospelish blues, old spirituals, opera, and even hip-hop. Delve into the song "K-Hole" to find hushed lyrics about aborted babies being turned into little Bambis over a lower-than-lo-fi proto-rap beat. Freak-folk hero Devendra Banhart drops by later on "Brazilian Sun," and not even he can make these girls seem weirder. To the contrary, actually, this song is about as tame as this record gets, even with its opera-from-the-rain-forest feel. Genius does indeed come in many fucked-up forms.

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Guy Gray