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On the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough
Michael Been
On the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1

The Call is dead; long live the Call. The quartet of Oklahomans, based in California, came out of the art-rock faction of early-'80s new wave. The Call allegedly broke up in '91, but Michael Been, the band's primary singer...  more »

      
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All Artists: Michael Been
Title: On the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough
Members Wishing: 0
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Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1994
Re-Release Date: 4/12/1994
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093624555728, 093624555742, 603497201167

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The Call is dead; long live the Call. The quartet of Oklahomans, based in California, came out of the art-rock faction of early-'80s new wave. The Call allegedly broke up in '91, but Michael Been, the band's primary singer-songwriter, has recruited two of his old bandmates (drummer Scott Musick and guitarist Tom Ferrier) for his debut solo album, On the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough. The old strengths and weaknesses remain. When Been and his mates get a good groove going, as they do with "When You're with Me" (powered by the old Gang of Four rhythm section) and "Us," the heavily compressed guitar-and-synth sound and heavily echoed vocals have a hard-to-resist obsessive quality. When the rhythm falters, though, the portentousness and vagueness of Been's lyrics become impossible to ignore. --Geoffrey Himes

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Better than good. great. a classic.
04/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"ignore any negatives you read about this record. michael been is the man. all the passion and drive of The Call without the R&B influence...just straight-ahead hard rock with soaring vocals and meaningful lyrics. if you want to hear some 19 year old kid sing (or 'rap') about whatever is on his tiny mind, this record is not for you. if your soul longs for cleansing, powerful, spiritual rock, then pick it up right away. you'll be glad and satisfied."
The Call-indeed, a little rougher edged....
KNO2skull | United States | 01/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is quite a switch from the traditional Call sound; not so much elusive Southern Rock as their older stuff, and much harsher than subsequent albums-but, hey! It's a Michael Been solo album, so it does not necessarily need to fit into the Call's repertoire. However, it does indeed fit well.
Michael Been's lyrics are, as always, quite fantastic and esoteric, meaning they cause you to think a bit. 'Us' would be a triumphant song for any band, and it is indeed true that Dave Allen from 'Gang of Four' fame does appear on this recording, bringing with him his signature bass style. The album is a bit more rugged than other Call albums, but is quite enjoyable and well done. Certainly not to disappoint any Call fan."
I CALL IT THE CALL
Tim D. Sawyer | FT. Worth, TX USA | 01/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you have enjoyed all of The Call's albums (except for To Heaven and Back) then this solo album by Michael Been is definitely worth the purchase. Please don't be put off by the few negative posts, you will truly be thankful to own this album. It's all there, everything you have enjoyed by The Call of the past. I agree that it is slightly more modern sounding but disagree that Michael Been's voice is lost in the production. If you can get this at a discount price, then all is even better, but please don't miss out on this one as all the songs are worth the listen and you'll find many favorites within this album. It's like having The Call's unreleased final album."