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Wattle & Daub
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Wattle & Daub, the 2nd full-length record from Philadelphia's amazing Strapping Fieldhands, is almost indescribable in its psychedelic pop beauty. While the band is properly lumped in with the early 1990's lo-fi stalwarts ... more »
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Wattle & Daub, the 2nd full-length record from Philadelphia's amazing Strapping Fieldhands, is almost indescribable in its psychedelic pop beauty. While the band is properly lumped in with the early 1990's lo-fi stalwarts Guided by Voices, Pavement, Royal Trux, and the Grifters vis-a-vis their early work, Wattle & Daub is a progression in sonic quality and pop songwriting from their first effort, Discus. Ben Franklin Airbath is the smash hit of the '90s that should have been. Based on Robert Pollard's 1st trip to the city of Brotherly Love (Ben Franklin's town, Ben Franklin's town...), Ben Franklin Airbath is a psychedelic masterpiece Bob Malloy wrote to capture the peculiar naked activity preferred by one of the United States' great statesmen, inventors, and ladies' men. Check it out and turn it up whilst enjoying your own Ben Franklin Airbath! It's songs like The Author in Her Ear, Tickled with Olive Branch, and The Oath that place the Strapping Fieldhands into the upper echelons of songwriting in modern American rock and roll. Recorded in the same studio where Teddy Pendergrass, the Jacksons, David Bowie, Madonna, and Pink recorded so many hits (Sigma Sound Studio), Wattle and Daub finds the Strapping Fieldhands rolling in their own unique direction of pop music that has not been fully understood in the fifteen years since its first release. Lo-fi, indeed!
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Weird and wonderful!!
G. Preston | Baltimore, MD United States | 12/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Middle aged, drunken pirates singing surreal pop songs just for you! Welcome to the world of the Strapping Fieldhands. If you like your music eccentric, literate and catchy, I highly recommend this. These guys must have huge record collections which obviously include the Clean, Beatles, early Pink Floyd, T Rex, the Fugs and other psychedelic/folk/garage classics. The songs on this record are all memorable, if not remarkable. Apparently recorded at home and in the studio, most tracks have distinguishing flourishes of strings, tin whistles, and whacked-out guitars. The singer sounds world weary and slightly intoxicated as he croons his bizarre fables and observations of some mythic, parallel universe. Despite these and other intentional avant-garde-isms, most of the songs are very catchy and quite humorous."