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Lucky Eye
Flat Duo Jets
Lucky Eye
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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What a difference a budget makes. Finally, the Flat Duo Jets get to play with the big boys on a real label (Outpost) with real producers (Scott Litt and Chris Stamey), and the results are a greasy rock & roll orgy of the b...  more »


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All Artists: Flat Duo Jets
Title: Lucky Eye
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Outpost Records
Release Date: 10/6/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Roots Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 607703003323

What a difference a budget makes. Finally, the Flat Duo Jets get to play with the big boys on a real label (Outpost) with real producers (Scott Litt and Chris Stamey), and the results are a greasy rock & roll orgy of the best kind. Fueled by the old-Chevy-with-a-blown-muffler voice of Dexter Romweber--and with the addition of bass guitar, strings, and horns--Lucky Eye finds Chapel Hill, North Carolina's near-legendary guitar-and-drum duo working out their psycho-Elvis tendencies with one foot in Graceland, one foot in the gutter. Whether a creepy country stomp, Southern goth-rooted rockabilly, swing, surf, or a twisted Vegas-via-Memphis lounge trip, Lucky Eye is a hoot and a half. --Neal Weiss

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Jets running out of gas, alas
Will Shade | USA | 12/19/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Having been a Jets fan since their debut ten years ago, I have everything they've recorded. I was hoping "Lucky Eye" would find them reaching the produced heights of "White Trees." But with so many instrumentals, you can tell Dex and Crow are running out of gas. Dex has lost his edge. I have no problem with him being a one-trick-pony, but . . ."
The best band you've never heard
Owen | Seattle, WA | 10/22/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Is this happening? For years me and my friends who have a professed love for this band, have wondered why no major or even small time imprint major label off-shoot would take the chance on these guys. Well, now that time has come and I for exactly one week after release while I waited for it to arrive in the mail, I thought, "What will happen to their sound in a plush studio? What if they overdub too much?" I saw that same happen to Horton Heat after his first 2 LP's. Finally it came and the first thing to hit my ears was the amp hum coming through on the opener "Lucky Eye". At the same time, there is a crisp yet live sound to the album that it would seem that producers Scott Litt (who's worked with REM so much as to almost be synonymous with them)and Chris Stamey (of the dB's)were waiting to make this record and already knew how to get a full studio sound without losing the live punch of the band. Most times the only overdubbing is an occasional lead guitar, but there are also strings. Now, that could have gone either way, fortunatly it went the right way and "Go This Way" is a song that you almost wish they would play on the radio a hundred times. It's all here, the crooner style ballads, the tough guy snarling guitar, the link wray-gene vincent garage rumble...Only now instead of sounding like your grandpa's old 45's they sound like digitally remastered 16 track originals. Now, all we need to do is get these guys on the radio..."
Gorgeous guitar playing
Dave Portola | the airport | 11/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Not my fav Flat Duo Jets record, but near the top of the list. I've always loved Dexter Romweber's guitar playing. It's based on very traditional elements but really has a sound like no one else. Raw and chunky, but simultaneously very expressive with subtleties you gotta really listen for to appreciate. Anyway the record has yet more FJD instrumentals (which I never tire of) where they add yet one more variation on a theme that I thought had been exhausted, and do it in a really musical and creative way. The vocal numbers are great, especially "the hustle and bustle of this modern world". Sung with just the right kinda jaded but hopeful emphasis. Overall a great record and I'm glad they are still putting out material."