|All Artists: Judybats|
Title: Native Son
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 6
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Release Date: 1/16/1991
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
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An Underrated, Infectious Album
Matthew | Boulder, Colorado | 12/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE JUDYBATS deserved so much more attention for this album than they received. If you enjoyed fun, irreverant songs from alternative bands of the late 80s and early 90s like THE SMITHS, JAMES, THE LEMONHEADS, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, and BARENAKED LADIES then do yourself a favor and buy this album.
NATIVE SON kicks off with a few infectious, up-tempo tunes that will get your head bobbing - great for getting your fingers thumping on the steering wheel or generating a bee-boppin' mood on a walk.
The singing and harmonies fuse perfectly with the instrumentals and every song includes outstanding guitar work. In fact, the guitar provides an ever-present, though by no means overpowering, melody. The way the guitars work together with the vocals provides a lot of character to each song. This is far more than your three-chord standard.
While the overall tone of the album to me is effervescent and peppy, perfect for a walk, jog, or drive on a sunny day, THE JUDYBATS also deliver a couple slower, more contemplative songs that are no less entertaining in their way.
Over 15 years later, NATIVE SON makes regular appearances in my playlists. The entire album is thoroughly entertaining, but if you're looking to sample just a few tracks before you commit to the entire album, I'd recommend the title track, Native Son, In Like With You, She Lives, Convalescing in Spain, or just about any other track on the album.
NATIVE SON is truly a hidden treasure from the early 90s alt scene."
Garden of Treasures
Patrick Curren | The Happy Dream | 07/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't do music reviews but when I saw only two (2) reviews, I decided to do this one not because of the lack of reviews but because this truly is a garden of treasured music. There is not one bad song on this CD. I originally bought the cassette tape back in the early 90's and almost wore it out. I was cleaning out my CD chest and decided to part with all my cassettes and decided to buy this album as a CD. It was expensive but worth it. The music is timeless. It is obvious that the Judybats were influenced by the Smiths. This is truly a hidden treasure. It didn't get very much air play on the alternative radio stations which is good since they didn't wear it out. I had forgotten how much I truly enjoyed listening and experiencing the "feel" of this CD. One thing that is disappointing is the lyrics were left out of the CD. That's unfortunate."