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If you don't know anything about them, listen to the samples and the video. You can't really classify a whole album because is moves from pop funk to crazy spoken pieces on a whim.
Sweet Pea Atkinson is one of my all time favorite vocalists, and he's in fine form here. From the Catchy opener Semi-Interesting Week to the bluesy Crazy Water. His vocals shine and somehow he's able to put just the right emotional touches together with the crazy lyrics.
Be sure to check out Was guitarist Randy Jacobs' Bone Shakers albums for more *great* tunes featuring Sweet Pea on vocals (Shake the Planet, and Book of Spells). They really showcase Randy's guitar playing as well.
Ok.. So I'm short on details. I just know that I've been playing this album non-stop for the past 4 hours, so am obviously both crazy and happy ;-b
18 years later "Boo!" Well, how is it? It's actually quite good. I was worried they would be yesterday's news, but "Boo!" is enjoyable and filled with that old Was (Not Was) quirky wit. "Semi-Interesting Week", "It's A Miracle", "From The Head To The Heart", "Big Black Hole" and Kris Kristofferson on "Green Pills In The Dresser" are all standout tracks.
I docked one star because "Your Luck Won't Last", "Needletooth", "Forget Everything", "Crazy Water" and "Mr. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" are all good, but not great. I would not say that "Boo!" is their best work. I reserve that for "What Up, Dog?" and "Born To Laugh At Tornadoes". "Boo!" is better than "Are You Okay?" and "Was (Not Was)".
That being said, it's great to have Was (Not Was) back, and I hope they continue making albums and not let another 18 years pass. Sweet Pea and Sir Harry are in great vocal form here, and the entire disc works as a whole, making "Boo!" a clever and rewarding album for 2008.
The music in "Boo!" is glorious. "Semi-Interesting Week" and "Forget Everything" rock with attitude and funk that rivals the best of Bootsy Collins. "It's a Miracle" tells the story of various miscreants getting their cosmic comeuppance through the grace of Sweet Pea Atkinson's vocals and a calm Motown vibe. Likewise, Atkinson channels Wilson Pickett with "Crazy Water," a bluesy cautionary tale. They also throw a couple of curveballs with "Needletooth" and "Green Pills in the Dresser" (the latter featuring Kris Kristofferson(!) on lead vocals), in case anyone gets too comfortable.
In sum, it's hard not to marvel at the sheer audacity of Was (Not Was). If these were straight love songs, they might stand a chance of getting heard on the radio. After all, the melodies are memorable and the musicianship is impeccable. But David and Don Was are a little too warped to play it straight with their subject matter.
The result? Music that makes you dance, laugh, and think.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This disc is essential to anybody who enjoyed their output from the '80's and early '90's. It does seem to pick up where Are You Okay? left off. Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by John J. Hancotte III
OK, I admit it. I've been a total Was Not Was fanatic since "Born To Laugh At Tornadoes" came out way back when. Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by D. Thompson
I hope this was a "refreshier" for the band. I really like the Older albums they made and found this one to be laking the same polish and wit they use to have. Read morePublished on October 25, 2008 by Mr. P. Power
I love these guys. It has been some fifteen years since "Are You Okay" and yet this record is as fresh as if they had been together through all those years. Read morePublished on June 19, 2008 by Cassandra Merry
Though a couple songs are curiosities this album is pure Was (Not Was).
If funky Americana is your thing you'll love this disc.
As always, Was Not Was is technically brisk and funky to the core! You've gotta LOVE the screaming sax! Read more
Three stars for effort and for hanging in there. Don't get me wrong, this is a decent disc, but for WAS (NOT WAS) I can't help but expect so much more. Read morePublished on May 25, 2008 by Michael J. Melton