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"What I Am," the leadoff track on Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, was a left-field hit off this Dallas band's debut album, and it remains about the only thing they're remembered for (excepting Brickell's eventual marriage to Paul Simon). But a good part of this album is quite listenable and stands up reasonably well to the years. "Love Like We Do," "Little Miss S." and "The Wheel" are basically equal to "What I Am" in their rhythmic and melodic pop appeal; "Air of December" and "She" allow the band's more jazz-oriented roots a little room to flourish, and the poignantly personal ballad "Circle" remains the best lyric Brickell has written. It was all downhill from here, but Shooting Rubberbands was an early peak worth revisiting. --Peter Blackstock
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 9, 1988)
  • Original Release Date: August 9, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OQW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Any list of the 'best' albums of the 1980s never seems to include this album. The average person considers her a "one hit wonder" for "What I Am"..the track that leads off the album. I can't for the life of me figure out why this is the case.

I found this album quite by accident at our local library when I was in high school ("What I am" wasn't really a big hit in our area and I'd never heard it). Something about the packaging sparked my interest and I borrowed it and loved it. It's been almost 20 years since this came out and I still play it and still love it which I can say for precious few discs I loved in high school.

My enamourment with the album doesn't stem from pure nostalgia. I still have good memories associated with a song from Bad English but I'm not going to tell you it's great art. This is...

What you get here is 12 smart, tuneful songs that marry folk and rock without being pretentious about it. Indeed, "What I Am" urged listeners to "choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep". The intellect that underscores this album is more basic than the kind that's flaunted in an attempt to garner critical praise and "indie" cred. It's in the notion that your doppelganger (look it up) is at this moment living his/her life elsewhere on this blue-green orb. ("The Wheel") It's in the simple observation that it isn't the harsh words we exchange that cause relationships to implode but the poisonous feelings held inside ("Nothing"). It's in the telling detail that paints a picture from a long distant memory ('the sun was in the sky like pink champagne and it glistened in your eyes all day' from "Air of December").
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By A Customer on November 22, 1999
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I accidently discovered Edie on the darn Windows 95 cd. Unfortunately, no one could tell me who she was. I eventually found two versions of the video on the cd. The second version I found had her name listed. FINALLY! Now, I've gone back and got the first cd's. I remember a the first song as sort of a one-hit wonder 10 years ago. The more I listen to her, the more I like her. Wonder if we'll ever get another album?
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By A Customer on November 17, 1999
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Just buy this c.d. Until you hear it for yourself, there is nothing more I can say about it that will do justice to the lyrical and musical quality of Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians' songs. If you haven't heard other material by this group, check out "Ghost of a Dog," and (Edie solo) "Picture Perfect Morning." They are equally stellar accomplishments despite the lack of media attention. Go to bodyofwater.com/edie and post messages on the board to let the band know that their fans are still out here!
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By A Customer on January 9, 2004
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One of the things I love about this CD is that it is lyrically strong. Songs like "Air of December" and "Now" are both passionate and poetic. Secondly, each song is unique. Unlike some bands that produce songs that sound too much alike, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians break out of the box to create something refreshingly different for each track. I'm a fan of Suzanne Vega's combination of strong lyrics and catchy tunes and I would say, while unique, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians have a similar flavor. I have yet to grow tired of this album.
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I love this CD! Edie Brickell has some really good lyrics. Deep but also playful, great music! I forget the name, but the first song on this CD is really wonderful. Whatever type of music you like, you will enjoy this. Different music; something for everyone.
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By S. Mitchell on November 15, 2012
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I agree with everyone else. This cd was completely under rated and known for just the one song- which was my least fave song on the cd by the way. I didn't know who they were at all, this was before "What I Am' got a lot of radio air play and was the huge success. My brother gave me the cd for my xmas present during my senior year in high school in 1989. We listened to completely different types of music and when I saw it,I knew I would hate it. I barely even made the effort to listen to it. I thought I would skim through each song quickly and then throw it away. Well, that didn't happen at all. In fact I listened to every single song all the way through over and over. As an insecure teenage girl at that time, I just knew Edie Brickell was singing just for me, She spoke to me in music in a way I had never experienced before. She sang such touching, soulful words that I had never heard from any of the 80s pop singera. Let's face it, it was Debbie Gibson,Tiffany,New Kids on the Block, Metal bands...Edie Brickell was the beginning of the alternative/grunge rock era that the 90s produced. Maybe she wasn't grungy enough to make it big, I don't know lol. I would sing her songs for hours in my car.I felt really connected to music for the first time beyond a good beat.It was good but strange.I felt like I had discovered some hidden treasure that had been buried for decades and no one had found out until I took notice! haha! Basically, 20 years later I still think back and remember how free and powerful I always felt when singing her beautiful lyrics.I think back to that time in my life when I was leaving home and going away to college- it was scary yet freeing and this one cd was with me at all times back then.Read more ›
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