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Squirrel Nut Zippers
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Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz
 
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How clichιd--make that calcified--has the concept of "irony" become in alternative music? When North Carolina's Squirrel Nut Zippers scored an unlikely late '90s hit with "Hell" (from their Hot album), many cynics (and a f...  more »

      
   

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All Artists: Squirrel Nut Zippers
Title: Hot
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 11
Label: Edel
Release Date: 11/16/1999
Album Type: Original recording remastered, Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz
Style: Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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How clichéd--make that calcified--has the concept of "irony" become in alternative music? When North Carolina's Squirrel Nut Zippers scored an unlikely late '90s hit with "Hell" (from their Hot album), many cynics (and a few critics) thought the band was merely mocking the hot jazz stylings of the '20s and '30s. But having put a couple more albums and some trying times (the defection of singer-guitarist Tom Maxwell and passing of horn player Stacy Guess) under their belts, it's clear that musical affection was no mere passing affectation. The Zippers have honed both their chops and their courage here, with subtle new influences from the 20th-century American musical pantry (a dash of country, a pinch of Spanish guitar, more Crescent City bump) tastefully simmered into the stew. Katherine Whalen's vocal turns are as convincingly smoky as the lighthearted material is jokey--an inviting balance that's equally true to its historical sources. More than mere opportunistic swing revivalists, the restless curiosity displayed on this album argues that the Zippers are in it for the long haul. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but this band is clearly more interested in inspiration, and that's not a bad compliment, either. --Jerry McCulley

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VALERIE P. (that-girl) from ATLANTA, GA
Reviewed on 8/18/2011...
Track listing:

1. "Got My Own Thing Now" (Mathus) – 2:30
2. "Put a Lid on It" (Maxwell) – 2:39
3. "Memphis Exorcism" (Mathus) – 2:24
4. "Twilight" (Maxwell) – 3:34
5. "It Ain't You" (Mathus) – 3:08
6. "Prince Nez" (Mathus) – 2:53
7. "Hell" (Maxwell) – 3:12
8. "Meant to Be" (Maxwell) – 3:11
9. "Bad Businessman" (Mathus, Mosher) – 3:48
10. "Flight of the Passing Fancy" (Mathus, Mosher) – 3:52
11. "Blue Angel" (Mathus, Mosher) – 4:35
12. "The Interlocutor" (Mosher) – 2:47
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Al V. (Al) from HOOVER, AL
Reviewed on 5/5/2007...
Fantastic CD. Sounds like Jazz bands of the 20's and early 30's. Really neat sound
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kelly N. (kellygirl7) from WORTHINGTON, OH
Reviewed on 2/10/2007...
I bought this because of the song "Hell", which is the theme song of the A&E show "Family Plots". I ended up loving the rest of the CD and so did my teenaged daughter.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
J. W. L. from ARDMORE, PA
Reviewed on 8/23/2006...
Good songs
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.