Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Big Head Todd & Monsters|
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Few modern rockers have managed to capture the ephemeral combination of sloppy and serious that earmarked the Band in its prime. That vibe--sounding four-beers casual during a soberly determined performance--accounts for t... more »
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Few modern rockers have managed to capture the ephemeral combination of sloppy and serious that earmarked the Band in its prime. That vibe--sounding four-beers casual during a soberly determined performance--accounts for the success of bluesy Big Head Todd & The Monsters; this Boulder, Colorado, group's jammy mix is simultaneously dirty and clean, offhanded and acute, backwoods and scholarly. It's nothing new, as these so-so concert-tracked numbers attest. But there's something there in the performance, a faint glimmer of bygone Band brilliance, that breathes life into pedestrian BHT standards such as "Tangerine," "It's Alright," and the breakthrough hit "Bittersweet." The crowd dutifully goes wild over every muddled note, however, picking up on that sloppy/serious thing more immediately in the flesh. As a live document, even a case for fame, Live Monsters will leave many scratching their befuddled noggins. Why these guys? And did we remember to turn the porch light on before we left for the show tonight? There are no clear-cut answers. Just a lot of jamming and that weird vintage vibe. --Tom Lanham
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Steve S. (Reno-ness) from ARROYO GRANDE, CA
Reviewed on 6/18/2008...
I started with one song, "Bittersweet" of course, found a tape of Sister Sweetly which grew on me, and went to a show where the Monsters opened for Los Lonely Boys. BHT&TM absolutely rocked the joint, with lots of energy that evoked the album I had been digging.
Live Monsters is a great set, including the best of Sister, a cover of Zep's "Tangerine", and their most un-use-u-al song, "Vincent of Jersey", encoring with "Boom Boom Boom Boom."
5 stars. Check it out!
Just Plain Wow!
Frank Moore | Derry, NH United States | 07/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ever buy a CD and think "why did I buy this?" afterwards? Having not been a big fan of BHTM before I bought this album, that's exactly what I thought. However, it only took a few listens and I was hooked. This album is fantastic! Especially if you like the blues or old-time rock & roll. The music selection comes primarily from three of the band's studio albums but what makes it work is the energy they generate in the performances. Simply awesome. Todd Park Mohr's guitar work is excellent and Squires and Nevin's rhythm section is fantastic. The backup singer has a voice like a church organ. If you are a fan of John Lee Hooker, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, or Blues Traveler you should give this album a shot.
EDIT: It's been four years since I wrote my original review and I felt a need to to add this thought: this is one of a handful of albums that I have encountered in my life that I would rate with 6 stars if it were an option. It's THAT good. There is not another album on the planet that I could recommend more."
This CD will change your listening pattern for a long time
Nate | san antone, TX | 10/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some of you do not know whether or not you like BHT&TM. I didn't like them that much prior to buying this CD. However, I was checking it out on iTunes last year and really liked what I was hearing. Yadda, yadda, yadda...
Honestly, I listen to this CD every morning while I get ready for work, and I have no no no regrets from buying the album. This is really an epic live rock recording. I saw them live in Sun Valley... this is a band that needs to be seen live. The cd is the next best thing. This CD captures the moment/feeling quite well. Highly recommended."