Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica Album: Why It’s Amazing But Hard to Listen To

Am I listening wrong? And gawd, I’ve tried. Why can’t I appreciate its supposed brilliance? Am I just too dumb to understand what Beefheart accomplished with this record? One album that keeps showing up on critic’s list as (a) essential listening; (b) brilliant; and (c) influence is Captain Beefheart’s 1969 album, Trout Mask Replica. That’s why I bought it on vinyl AND compact disc. Not once. Let’s take a look at this video for some guidance. All the music writers I admired told me I HAD to have this album because it’s so bloody awesome. But I’m not gonna lie: I’ve never been able to listen to the thing all the way through.   What’s wrong with me?
Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica Album: Why It’s Amazing But Hard to Listen To