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God Bless the Blake Babies

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • ASIN: B000059RUZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Katie H. on March 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Thank god Freda had the cajones to reunite The Blake Babies! It has been a long 10 years without the trio and what an angel to treat us to a BRAND new album, and a mini-tour to boot! As if John Strohm's guitar playing to could improve, he is at his near best on this album. Juliana's voice, while much more mature now still evokes the angsty feeling that dwell within all of us. And FINALLY we get to hear Freda sing - full on!
I'd love to list some recommendations - but every song on here is a gem, from the poppy lead-off track (do I hear a single?!) "Disappear" to the bored and plaintive "Nothing Ever Happens to Me". John Strohm Shines on "Picture Perfect," and the covers of Madder Rose's "Baby Gets High" and Evan Dando & Ben Lee's "Brain Damage" (sung in duet by Juliana and Evan himself) are just a wonderful treat! Input from Evan Dando and Jake Smith (Mr. Freda Love Smith) round out the record - making this release truly a god-send!
PS - for those of you not able to catch the live show - not bragging here - but I can not recall being happier!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sask on January 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Funny how a simple one-off reunion album by the Allen Ginsberg-christened Blake Babies can blow away many other high-profile releases. No, they're not out to break new ground musically; John Strohm, Freda Love-Smith, and the irreplacable Juliana Hatfield just casually got back together for the first time since 1991 and quickly whipped up a good little record before going back to their own respective projects.
God Bless The Blake Babies is nothing but good alt-pop, and all three members share the lead vocals, the highlights being Hatfield's terrific 'Disappear', 'What Did I Do', and 'Until I Almost Died', Strohm's 'Picture Perfect' (featuring lovely, lilting backing vocals by Hatfield), and Love-Smith's pretty 'When I See His Face'. There are also two excellent covers, Madder Rose's sublime 'Baby Gets High', and 'Brain Damage', written by Evan Dando and Ben Lee (recorded as a duet between Dando and Hatfield).
There's nothing really new or original on God Bless The Blake Babies, just some very good tunes, with no disappointing moments, that shows that the same chemistry that made the Blake Babies one of the better alt-rock bands of the early nineties still remains. This is an understated beauty of a cd. Bless 'em indeed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dimike@bestweb.net on September 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As near as I've been able to discover, The Blake Babies were a popular college/indie band back in the late 80s/early 90s. Personally, I had never heard of them until I put the headphones on at the Borders Listening Post and checked out this new album. I had heard of lead singer Juliana Hatfield as well as guest artist Evan Dando (The Lemonheads). If you like either of those artists, you will like The Blake Babies. This is a solid album that isn't easily classified. Most of the songs are acoustic based, but uptempo. I suppose I'd call it coffee-house rock; intelligent and well produced. Hatfield really sounds good, her willowy voice perfectly matched to the restrained folk/rock sound. A very enjoyable and upbeat album that is worth checking out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bbbiemer on March 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Buy this CD! For Lemmonhead fans,Evan and Juliana sing the followup to "My Drug Buddy"..."Brain Damage"(written by Evan and Ben Lee). Juliana sings "Baby gets high" a Madder Rose cover.For Mysteries of Life fans, you got a song by Freda with Jake playing guitar. For Velo-deluxe fans you got "Picture Perfect", which sounds like "eleven" , only with better words and Juliana singing backup ahhhhhhhhhhhs. for Juliana Hatfield fans, you got some of the most beautiful songs she's ever written: "Disapper" and "Waiting for Heaven". you also get a hit single written by Freda and sung by Juliana "Nothing ever Happens" Wow. god Bless juliana, freda and john. thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Corsi on September 8, 2002
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god bless 'em, all right. I have been greatly enjoying this album since purchasing it a couple of months ago. Definately a more mature sound, with less of the Sunburn angst - but they still manage to capture the catchy nature of their old stuff. I especially like hearing Juliana again in a way that I haven't heard since her first solo album. Not that her new stuff isn't good, but it was kind of nice to hear the kind of stuff again that made me love the group in the beginning. I'm glad freda, john, and juliana made it back together to produce this winner - and i hope they can find time in the future to recreate this magic again...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Williams on May 8, 2001
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"What I wouldn't do...to go back to '92." Don't we all wish it?
One of my favorite college-radio bands of the early 90's returns. Many "reunion" albums tend to fall flat on their face in their attempts to recreate the sounds that made the band so popular in the first place. However, the Blake Babies do a good job of re-creating and updating their music. Fans like me will miss the rough garage-band sounds that made the group so charming and likable, but the new release does sound more mature, and the band still manages to maintain their likable pop sound.
There does seem to be something missing...perhaps its the three or four albums the band could have made between "Rosy Jack World" & "God Bless..." The band has made a bit of a jump between those albums in the 8-year break, and I do miss listening to them grow. Following Juliana, John, & Freda's solo careers has been a real treat and pleasure, but I do miss the work they did together. Thankfully, this album did not become a Juliana solo-album...it looks like Freda was successfully able to actually put the Blake Babies together for a short time, instead of bringing together a trio of solo artists.
For sentimentality's sake, I really like this album...its certainly for fans of a long-lost era when music was fun and good and relatively uncommercialized. Its not the best album by Blake Babies, but at least its a new album, and the songs are still catchy and fun and where have you BEEN, Evan Dando?
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