Thursday, May 15 '97
by Cam Fuller
You Will Go To The Moon
Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
Is Moxy Fruvous's latest album boldly experimental or just weird? Or
Every song is different, I'll give them that much. How enjoyable they
are is another matter. The atmospheric Sahara, marked by eerie strings,
would serve as background music in a potpourri-smelling craft boutique.
The lead song, Michigan Militia, contains some biting satire on fascist
American militias ("Fighting for a blue-eyed Jesus/America first and the
rest get the pieces"). Musically, it combines banjo with rap, which is
unique if not pleasing.
There's an infectious '60s-flavoured pop tune called Get In The Car,
which sounds distinctly early Beatles. It's fun. It makes you want to
turn it loud and buy a convertible.
The magical mystery tour continues later with The Incredible Medicine
Show, a tribute to the Beatles' later psychedelic phase.
Still on the '70s theme is a cover of the Bee Gees' I've Gotta Get A
Message To You, which is nothing but distressing; even with all the
topspin the Fruvoids give it, it still sounds like what it is: a
radio-weary, superannuated Bee Gees hit.
This is the dim sum of albums. If you're adventurous, take a chance.
But don't eat anything too strange.
-- Cam Fuller
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