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Stranger Things

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Their first studio recording in 16 years. One of the premiere folk rock bands and first-class purveyors of 'art pop'. Edie Brickell & New Bohemians first stormed onto the charts with their hit single 'What I Am' and their debut album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, which immediately propelled them to multi-platinum status.

Reconvening for a new studio project after a fifteen year hiatus can be a shortcut to a disappointing release (see: Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & the Fish, Poco, and way too many others). Edie Brickell and New Bohemians may actually be stronger now than they were with their late eighties and early nineties pair of hit albums. Brickell's lyrics mix a sense of serendipity with craftsmanship--in fact, the whole band pull off the difficult task of hiding formidable chops under casually friendly garb. Catchy hooks don't just happen, but the band's ability to roll them out without shining spotlights on them is laudable. The musical figure which opens and defines "Early Morning" shows their prowess at even ballad-paced grooves. Brickell's singing throughout is confident, capable of putting across everything from playfully dynamic playground melodies to dream-infused reveries. --David Greenberger

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000FO0AO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. King on August 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Edie's since her popular debut album with the New Bo's "Shooting Rubberbands".

Natuarlly, I was a bit surprised at her reuniting with the New Bo's especially since I had no idea this new recording was coming out. However I did look forward to listening to the whole of "Stranger Things".

Let me say after repeated listens their album "Ghost Of A Dog" comes to mind...(If you'll forgive the comparision)

"Stranger Things" definetly picks up where "Ghost Of A Dog" left off. I thought these 2 albums sound a great deal alike.

But is that a good thing?

A majority of the songs are respectable, but not all that captivating. They obiviously don't measure up to "Shooting Rubberbands".

"Oh My Soul" has a catchy chorus and bridge but Edie sounds like she's trying to keep up pace of the rhythm section on her verses to this song.

The 3 Stars:

I did enjoy their slower grooves like "Lover Take Me" (I Love that bass line) and "Early Morning". "Early Morning" reminds me of Edie's solo material (Picture Perfect Morning) and the her vocal melody works quite well here. "Spanish Style Guitar" is an interesting experiment of the New Bo's and grows on you a bit.

However, I felt Edie and these guys should've worked on this project further before letting "this horse out of it's stall".

The production on the first 2 songs is lacking and though these songs: "Stanger Things" and "Oh My Soul" have good chorus'es/bridges I felt the music and verses were mediocre at best. There's nothing wrong with Edie's wonderful warm voice (she sounds as great as ever!) but the songwriting of this album is just so-so.

A majority of "Stranger Things" sounds like Ghost Of A Dog": Part 2. Not all that bad, but not all that great either.

However, if your a fan you'll want to own a copy, and "Stranger Things" is good enough for my purchase.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lon Moore on August 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
No, don't flip through the samples and make a snap decision based on fragments. Do it the old fashioned way... Just buy the CD! Now unwrap it and listen to it once, set it aside, then listen to it twice the next day and you'll be hooked!

However you get this CD into your collection, don't pass up this great little summer of '06 surprise from Edie and the boys from Booker T. Play it on your summer vacation. Play it on your way back to college. Play it on your back porch while you're sweltering in the record heat.

This CD is 100 percent real music from a genuine group who's been jamming together since they were teenagers. It drips with authenticity -- and it should -- because it's clear these talented musicians made this record solely because they want to make music.

Considering the musical ups and downs and sideways turns the members of this band have taken over the past 20 years, this CD comes across as the outward expression of a collective mellow epiphany, a six-way harmonic convergence (a full seven years before Earth is due to become the Galactic Seed, too!) Then again, it comes across even stronger as a bunch of musician friends -- exceptionally good musician friends -- who called each other up and said, "Hey, let's jam."

It's the original lineup -- free from the meddling hands of shortsighted record company pricks and impatient producers -- doing what they love to do in their own.. particular... idiom. Close your eyes and let the groove laid down by Brandon, Brad, and Bush on Mainline Cherry and others take you back to a breezy '80s summer night under the trees and stars behind Club Dada -- even if you'd never been there before.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on September 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I see that after one month of release the new Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians cd hasn't garnered much attention. I'll bet most fans don't even realize it's out. It's been 16 years since the last Bohemians album, 1990's "Ghost Of A Dog". Since then, Brickell has released two solo albums, 1994's "Picture Perfect Morning" and 2003's "Volcano" with varying results, but almost always no publicity.

Why did Brickell feel the need to resurrect the New Bohemians moniker after two solo albums and 16 years time? We may never know. The question is whether this is a solo venture or a band venture, and, most importantly, is it good? The answer to the first question is yes, "Stranger Things" is definite a band effort, and this is refreshing. There are many aspects of "Stranger Things" that reminded me of the Bohemians salads days with "Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars" (1988). This is the most jamming I've heard from Brickell in years. This is great since her last two solo albums haven't really captured this live feeling. It does sound live, and underproduced for the most part, which is allows the music to sound as if it were made in your next door neighbor's garage.

So, is "Stranger Things" good? I liked it better than "Volcano" and "Ghost Of A Dog", but I don't know that it matches "Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars". There are several memorable tracks like the title track, "Oh My Soul", "Buffalo Ghost", "No Dinero", "Early Morning", "Mainline Cherry" and "Spanish Style Guitar". The rest of the tracks are decent. The album is a tad long at 56 minutes, but it is worth the price of admission, especially if you are like me, and like to listen to an album all the way through several times.
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