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Great arrangements can't compensate for only-OK songs.
on August 16, 2001
I like BS&T a lot, but the songs on this recording have always struck me as being relatively mediocre in comparison to some of those on some other albums. There are some strong points in the songs ("Cowboys & Indians" and "Lisa Listen To Me" strike me as the best), but most of the others sound weak. Even the hit "Go Down Gamblin'" isn't much more than a throw-away of a rocker - - and oddly, it seems to lose its momentum with a lackluster guitar solo from DCT. The -arrangements- however, are superb: interesting charts, and unexpected solos. Dave Bargeron not only has a tuba solo on "Go Down Gamblin'", but on another song he closes it while playing one note and singing another through his horn.
Hunt out "No Sweat," or "3" if you can: better songs and arrangements that are at least as good.