I do think "Eskimo" is an album that anyone interested in The Residents needs to hear
Posted by Pugeye on November 1, 2018, 3:59 pm, in reply to "Re: Really?
but also think it's not very representative of what they're all about- sticks out like a sore thumb, especially compared to those other early albums. It also seems to be sort of like "Hot Rats", i.e. the one Residents album that non-Residents fans are able to get into. But yes, in terms of atmosphere and anthropological satire, it's pretty sophisticated for them. And darkly funny- always liked how the "traditional eskimo chants" have been replaced by commercial jingles ("Coca Cola adds life") by the end of the album to represent the "noble Inuit's" transformation into drunken couch potatoes after trading in their igloos for low income housing.
It's definitely a good album but the fact that it's always seemed to be (possibly) their most popular has always seemed a bit strange to me. To use another Zappa analogy, it'd be like if "Jazz From Hell" was the most popular Zappa album (bad example because that Zappa album sucks but you get my point)