Co-produced by the legendary Jack Casady and Stacy Parrish, 52-Week High captures the spirit and energy of Silicon Valley's own Flying Other Bros. Four years of live shows and tie dyes have allowed the FOBs have built a loyal following . . . and release a CD that is as memorable as it is fun. With the able support of Pete Sears -- who has since joined the band -- on keyboards and accordion, the FOBs serve up eleven original tunes that are staples of their live repertoire. The song writing and production on 52-Week High demonstrate the range and talent that the FOBs have only been able to share with live audiences until now. From the trippy Johnny B. to the jazzy By My Side to the anthemic Tell Me It's Okay, 52-Week High showcases the FOBs at their rocking best!
Venture capitalists turned musicians the Flying Other Brothers continue their double life with a fourth album that finds them continuing on their breezy time travel back to the Summer of Love. With tunes like the earnestly anthemic "Tell Me I'm Okay" ("I need to know what makes life real / What is the essence of my being?") or the comic blues "Clueless," the listener might think that tie-dye was still in style. But the former Grateful Dead
cover band has an expanded vision, adding delicate shadings and harmonies that recall Quicksilver Messenger Service
and some ethereal ballads that recall early Jefferson Airplane
, which may have everything to with Airplane bassist Jack Casady's production, as well as the presence of onetime Starship keyboardist Pete Sears. The musicianship is honed to a much keener edge than on earlier albums, at time evoking the Allman Brothers
' jazzy jams. These guys are just about ready to give up their day jobs. --Jaan Uhelszki