Best Albums of 2012 – #30: Pepe Deluxé – Queen of the Wave

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The tagline for Pepe Deluxé‘s Queen of the Wave reads “an esoteric pop opera in three parts,” and everything about the album – from the pop art cover, to the space-age/baroque pop/neo-psychedlic composition, to the “Dweller on Two Planets”-inspired story – testifies to the record’s premeditated maximalism.

As rewarding as it is dense, Queen of the Wave is an album easily worth a hundred listens, as every one reveals new ideas, new instrumentation, and a deeper interest in the music. Not only that, but it’s one of the most fun records released in a very long time, never once sacrificing content for concept, but finding a perfect balance between both, something that cannot be said since the release of The Flaming LipsYoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

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