Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Not every retro-flower-power outfit taps into the ponderous dullness that mars the genre. There are a few bands out there that rise above their peace-'n'-love trappings to produce some memorable music. Rusted Root, for one... more »
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Not every retro-flower-power outfit taps into the ponderous dullness that mars the genre. There are a few bands out there that rise above their peace-'n'-love trappings to produce some memorable music. Rusted Root, for one. Fronted by Michael Hutchence sound-alike Mike Glabicki, the quietly compelling little combo has been mixing rock, reggae, and Far Eastern filigrees for several likable albums, molding a melange that's as unique as it is crowd-pleasing. Maybe a sense of humor is their secret. Glabicki seems to have a good deal of fun with the hippie concept, as on the blues-guitar-based "Live a Long Time" (which morphs into a goofy psychedelic rap-romp) or the hillbilly hoedown "Kill You Dead" (which would fit nicely on any early Violent Femmes folk fest). And when he tunes his cultural radar to higher frequencies--like on the bongo-hammered "Agbadza"--the results are every bit as intriguing as a Ry Cooder experiment. This isn't even the group's best work--the Rootsters veer toward too many blasé ballads to maintain a keen interest. Even so, RR is miles ahead of Phish, and 10 times more sincere. Tie-dyed pop, your time has come. --Tom Lanham
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Bobby | rural Virginia | 03/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was dissapointed with this album at first. It's difficult to really understand and it doesn't have the same supeficial catchyness that "When I Woke" did. Once I got used to it, however, it has become one of my favorite albums. There's an old indian philosophy that claims that all things are composed of circles or cycles. This album is a musical expression of the emotional cycles we all go through woven together perfectly with intricate drumming and instramental coordination. Being a musician, I see this album as a testament to the power of music."
Rusted root's best work by far
dottie879 | DE | 12/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i was shocked and disappointed to read these reviews. this is one of my favorite albums of all time. i think this band transcends all of the comparisons to the dead, phish, dmb, and the like. this is such a beautiful album that always makes me smile. "rising sun" is one of those songs that just makes you stop and dance no matter what you're doing. the instrumental and stylistic experimentation that differentiates this from rr's other albums really makes this their best masterpiece to date."
Not a must have, but a kinda should have
Steve Smith | 01/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"On their latest album, Rusted Root's self titled disk takes you down their familiar roads. bongo drums, African nods, strong vocals. But at first listening to this album, I really didn't have that much opinion towards it. It neither liked it, nor disliked it. But after really listening to it, I really started to like it. Now this album is my "to go to" album, for those times I need a good cd. Basically, after listening to it, it grows on you in a good way."