RELEASE
LABEL
Rykodisc
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Art Rock, Prog-Rock, Jazz-Rock, Comedy Rock, Hard Rock

Album Review

You Are What You Is was another of Frank Zappa's periodic post-Over-Nite Sensation efforts that concentrated on tight songwriting supported by satirical lyrics. Originally a two-record set featuring 20 songs, You Are What You Is skewered a variety of targets, from teenagers, punk rock, disco, and country music to the media, yuppies, the beauty-and-fitness industry, upper-class vice, religious hypocrisy, suicide, and the military draft -- all the trappings of Reagan-era America. Occasionally, Zappa's satirical points seem ill-thought-out, if not unnecessarily malicious; "Jumbo Go Away" is perhaps the most offensive song in Zappa's huge canon of potentially offensive songs, a tale of a whining, VD-riddled groupie who is portrayed as deserving the punch in the face she gets from an irritated musician. Despite that misstep, though, You Are What You Is is quite ambitious in scope and in general one of Zappa's most accessible later-period efforts; it's a showcase for his songwriting skills and his often acute satirical perspective, with less of the smutty humor that some listeners find off-putting.
Steve Huey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Teen-Age Windhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Harder Than Your Husbandhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Doreenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Goblin Girlhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Theme from the 3rd Movement of Sinister Footwearhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Society Pageshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. I'm a Beautiful Guyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Beauty Knows No Painhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Charlie's Enormous Mouthhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Any Downers?http://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Coneheadhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. You Are What You Ishttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Mudd Clubhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Dumb All Overhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Heavenly Bank Accounthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Suicide Chumphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Jumbo Go Awayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. If Only She Wouldahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Drafted Againhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-are-what-you-is/id550011972?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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