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Comadre: ComadreComadre (2013)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: Dante3000Dante3000
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In most introductory film theory classes, students learn about something called the "auteur theory." It holds that the director is the primary creative force or “author” of a film. It has been modified in recent years to focus more on filmmakers who take on multiple roles, like writer/directors such as Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino. However, the theory is frequently debated due to the sheer volume of creative roles that exist in film. Costume designers, cinematographers, composers, and even actors all have a hand in the final product, and the overall tone and image of a film (this is recently evidenced by multiple critics noting the lack of Sally Menke’s editing hand in Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained). While, the theory may not hold for film, it may hold true for Bay Area mainstays Comadre, especially on their latest self-titled album. Looking at the liner notes, there is exactly one outside name (band photographer and trumpeter on “Drag Blood” Lev Perry). All the instruments were played by the band's five members' all the production was done by guitarist Jack Shirley (at Shirley’s own Atomic Garden Studios no less); even the photography and layout were done by vocalis, Juan Gabe. The end result is an album 100% made on Comadre's terms in both sound and appearance, and it’s 100% fantastic.
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