|All Artists: Hooters|
Title: One Way Home
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Pop, Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074644065923, 074644065947, 5099746556426
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Ahead of its time
S. H. Segal | 02/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"LOVE this album. Everyone remembers the Hooters' first album with hits like "And We Danced" and "All You Zombies," but this, their second album, is really where the band finds its identity. "Karla with a K" is a perfect storm of Cajun, Celtic and American folk sounds interwoven seamlessly with driving rock guitars. The mix of blues, reggae, ska and more in songs like "One Way Home," "Graveyard Waltz," "Fightin' on the Same Side" and "Washington's Day" are years ahead of the musical trend that eventually came to define adult-alternative radio stations like WXPN-FM, RadioIoParadise, etc. Anyone who likes the acoustic/electric semi-folk-rock of the '90s and '00s should go back and marvel at just how awesomely the Hooters did it first.
(P.S. It is kind of amusing how easy it is to hear "Christian" overtones in some of their songs, as the previous reviewer notes... considering that the songwriters are both Jewish, and in fact first put their band on the map with the U.S. pop chart's only "Jew rock" hit ever that I can think of, "All You Zombies.")"
E-Train | NJ, USA | 09/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 1987, the Hooters followed up "Nervous Night" with "One Way Home" a recording that critics didn't know what to do with, due to the fact that it was not mainstream enough.
The band grew lyrically and expanded their horizons musically, taking rock to new places. "Karla with a K" has a celtic feel and a some unique percussion by incorporating a rudimental snare drum part. "Graveyard Waltz" is exactly that with the 6/4 time signature. This is my favorite song on here. The title track grooves with a bit of a Raggae feel
Some other recommended tracks are "Johnny B" "Satellite" and "Engine 999." Track for track, this is not as good as their first release: Nervous Night. But there are some enjoyable songs on here and it showed the band's growing maturity and diversity, as well as how they came quite a long way from where they were just two years before.
It's worth having if you like this group or are looking for something besides the standard rock."
One of the most underrated groups of the 80's!
Eric M. Saczawa | Northampton, MA | 07/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Many people think "one-hit wonder" when they hear that name The Hooters, I'm sure. "And We Danced" was the song that got them noticed. Many aren't aware they did have some follow-up hits that didn't climb the charts quite as high. Well, this, their second album, is less known, but I think is an incredible hidden gem from the 80's pop catalog ! From the upbeat "Satellite" and "Engine 999" to the more haunting "Jonny B" and "Gravyard Waltz" every song is so catchy. "Karla with a K" makes you want to stomp your feet to the rhythm, it's almost like a Parade Song. Lyrically, there is a great combination of Whimsical (Engine 999), storytelling (Graveyard Waltz), meaningful (Jonny B). They have a sense of adventure with the musical styles/instrumentations as well; it's not your typical formulaic synth-pop. If you hate all pop, I doubt this will spark your interest. But if you're someone who likes pop when it's done RIGHT give this a shot. You just might be suprised."