Blast the Human Flower

With its mixture of straight-ahead ’60s pop-rock and avant-garde textures, Danielle Dax’s 1987 album, Inky Bloaters, was one of the best-kept secrets of the past decade. The simplicity of the songs and the fuzzy edge of collaborator David Knight’s guitars gave Dax’s music a certain normality, but her Middle Eastern-tinged melodies and multi-instrumental talents marked her as artsy. Blast the Human Flower reworks this same ground with great success. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite make the leap to commercial viability. Standout cuts like Dax’s remake of the Beatles’ ”Tomorrow Never Knows” are tasty enough for college radio stations but still too quirky for the hit parade (or ”the id parade,” as she calls it in one song). Caught somewhere between cult status and the commercial success she deserves, Dax may be doomed to remain an unsung heroine. B+

Blast the Human Flower
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