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Fatigue Sets in,
This review is from: Golden Age, The (Audio CD)
One would have thought that the addition of former Silos bassist Bob Rupe to David Lowery and company prior to the recording of "The Golden Age" would have jump started the band's creativity. Alas, it was not to be. Lowery in particular seems to be suffering from fatigue, as shown on the openeing anthem "I Hate My Generation." Rather than a biting satire like "Eurotrash Girl" from the previous album, it just sounds unpleasantly cranky. After that, the songs for the most part just aren't as catchy as on previous Cracker records.
It is not until the absolute gem, "How Can I Live Without You" at track 11 that Lowery regains his musical berings. The song deftly pokes fun at a couch potato who's worried that his mate will walk out and force him to, oh the horror, get a job! Now this is Cracker at its best--witty and tuneful. Elsewhere, the rather lightweight "Useless Stuff" and the title track serve as mini-highlights.
Overall, an up-and-down third album from modern rock's best band of country-rockers.