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CrackerAudio CD
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Cracker will be releasing their tenth studio effort, entitled Berkeley To Bakersfield, on 429 Records. It’s a double-album that finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield. With founding members David Lowery and Johnny Hickman anchoring the project, they’ve brought ... Read more in Amazon's Cracker Store

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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emd/Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005V5PH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Forever by Cracker

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In many ways, Forever has been a long time coming. The fifth album from Cracker finds principal songwriter and frontman David Lowery finally and fully integrating his more recent leanings with the sound of his previous band, Camper Van Beethoven. So, in addition to the garage-rock Americana that defined Cracker's preceding albums, Forever adds a healthy dose of Camper Van's eclecticism, especially on tracks like "Guarded by Monkeys" and the Johnny Hickman-penned "Superfan." Lowery's wit is still in top form ("God gave you life / So stay out of mine / And take your sorry ass back to Florida" he spits on "Don't Bring Us Down"), and Hickman's guitar work is as fierce as ever. Some old friends turn up on some of the best tracks (Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous contributes guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals to album opener, "Brides of Neptune"). And even though they do occasionally stumble (the band's attempt at rap on "What You're Missing" is more pathetic than funny), Forever features some of Cracker's best work since Kerosene Hat. --Robert Burrow

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, hip alt rock from Uncle Dave & Co. January 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD
David Lowery and his merry band continue to impress and entertain. This is their first new studio album in awhile, and it's loaded with strong examples of the rock songwriting craft as well as comfortable, engaging performances by the band. This is an album that sounds even better each time I listen to it. I find myself singing lines from the songs like "take your sorry a** back to Florida" from "Don't Bring Us Down." Besides the usual reliable work from guitarist Johnny Hickman, the instrumental star of Forever is keyboard player Kenny Margolis, whose resounding piano and organ presence adds force to nearly every song. I always enjoy hearing Mr. Lowery's tart singing style (I'm often reminded of Ray Davies), but Hickman sings a song or two this time too, and the entire band takes turns on the humorous "What You're Missing" -- which also by the way includes a good explanation of the difference between Cracker and Uncle Kracker. What's Dave's thing about monkeys, though? Both "Guarded By Monkeys" and "Brides of Neptune" contain references to monkeys guarding things. Anyhow, this is one excellent CD, and it gets even better if you pick up the limited edition, which includes an entire bonus disc with a live recording from Chicago in late '99.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Rock Band On The Planet February 7, 2002
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By and large I am a Classic Rock fan. I like rock music all the way back to the late 60s, from Hendrix to the Doors to Neil Young to Led Zepp to the Allman Brothers to Pink Floyd to U2.
However, after five or six years of torture trying to like the Hair Bands, I was looking for some new music as the 1990s began.
Got into some blues under the Alligator label, but by 1993 or 1994 I was bored again.
Discovered the Grunge movement a couple years late, and I got into Pearl Jam, STP and the like. But Grunge wasn't the answer either, so then I caught on to Radiohead and Live in 1995, and thought I'd found keepers with them.
But Live has gotten too commercial in the last couple years, and Radiohead ... well, I don't know what's come over Radiohead. Too "out there."
In 1996 I was recommended to Cracker by a friend, and picked up its Golden Age CD in a used bin. BINGO. Excellent!!!
Cracker offers it all - a GREAT, rockin' guitar; some beautiful ballads (no wimpy stuff, however); some countryfied efforts; some blues, lots of great lyrics, and a violin, a mandolin and an accordian at times.
A fun band, too, one which perhaps requires you to acquire a taste for them.
There are those who would argue with how I've entitled this entry, "Best Rock Band On The Planet." But to those people I say, "Try it!" You would find out that Cracker is at least the most versatile band on the planet.
Although I doubt that its fifth studio album, "Forever," will be able to measure up to its second (and best) album, "Kerosene Hat (1993)," I have no doubt that this 2002 release is a good effort to most Cracker fans.
And Cracker has a base of FANatics.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker's latest a real value January 29, 2002
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I saw that Cracker had a new album out, after several years of nothing new from the band. After listening to the album, I'd have to say that I am really impressed with the quality. With Rock anthems like 'Don't Bring Us Down' and a quirky 'Shameless', you can't go wrong with this album. With several diverse tracks, there is a taste of something for nearly everyone on this disc. Camper Van Beethoven fans will appreciate the gem cover of Status Quo's ever popular 'Picture's of Matchstick Men' that is included on a bonus disc. Also of note is the song 'Merry Christmas Emily'. The song is not what you'd expect, but more of a tribute to ex girlfriends of sorts. 'Ain't That Strange' is another very catchy tune, that is immediately 'stuck in your head' so to speak. I hope this review helps everyone that is curious, and or wondering what the band still has in them. An excellent effort, and well worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An average Cracker release with some great songs March 2, 2002
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I am a huge fan of Cracker and before that Camper Van Beethoven. I've enjoyed all of Cracker's twists and turns regarding their sound and that's one thing that's kept them around so long, like any great band.
"Forever" has it's share of duds, but has enough excellent songs to be very likeable as a whole.
Merry Xmas Emily, Shine, Fluffy Lucy, Ain't That Strange, Sweet Magdalena Of My Misfortune, Guarded By Monkeys and Brides Of Neptune stand out above the rest in my opinion. Every single one of those tunes are instant Cracker classics, and just as good as anything they've ever done. And hey, right there is more than half of the CD so it certainly gets the old 4 start treatment from me.
The songs still have that classic Cracker sound with some new modern sounding twists, and some more pop-oriented songs such as Bring Us Down. What're You're Missing is a complete throw-away song where Cracker ventures into some funny rap but otherwise isn't worth more than one listen. Beyond that one Hickman song is included, Superfan, and it's different from his rock 'n bluegrass sound completely and unfortunately just comes off as a bad pop song.
If you are a hardcore or passive Cracker fan, Forever is worth the purchase and your attention though, in this age of pretty young thing, no-talent pop stars and image-oriented, so-called "music," Cracker is a refreshing blast of moody, guitar driven rock n' roll, and the world needs more of that right now. And what the world needs now is more bands with the talent and creative juice of Cracker.
Forever gets a pretty enthusiastic thumbs up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get the Limited Edition with Disc 2
I'm reviewing the Limited Edition which includes Disc 2 (Hello Cleveland! Live From the Metro). I would rate Disc 1 (Forever) 3-stars as there are 5 songs which I like (Brides of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chookster
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Good
First of all, I don't think it's fair to say that this album is David Lowery's return to the sounds of Camper Van Beethoven. Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by indiandrums
4.0 out of 5 stars odd, but really good
There are a few songs that in my opinion are too odd and not that enjoyable to listen to, in particular "Superfan. Read more
Published on May 15, 2009 by Brian P. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, But Doesn't Exceed Expectations
Cracker is one of the most fun and entertaining bands to come around in a while, so I figured this CD to be a safe bet for my money, and it is. Read more
Published on March 15, 2006 by Thomas D. Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Cracker's best, but still a good album
I bought "Forever" immediately upon its release, listened to it a couple of times, and then put it in the CD rack and let it gather dust. Read more
Published on February 13, 2006 by Brian A. Schar
1.0 out of 5 stars Cracker's worst album
Someone has to bring the average down. I have all Cracker's (and CVB's) records and like all of them except this one. Read more
Published on July 22, 2003 by David A. Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars I am guarded by monkeys.
I really like this album, and I adore the song "Guarded by Monkeys." I don't know that the album immediateyly grabbed me though. Read more
Published on April 4, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars There's still hope for melodic pop-rock
Cracker are a very talented band leaning towards pop-rock. It's very melodic and the album contains many songs with hit potential. Read more
Published on February 27, 2003 by L. B. Ivarsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker Shines
A stellar album which gets better with each listening. Many songs are among the best Cracker has ever recorded. Read more
Published on January 7, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Really a 4.5...
Very solid release that lacks the radio friendly songs that made Cracker Soul & Kerosene Hat college favorites. Read more
Published on August 7, 2002 by K. H Mark
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