Reviews

Read the Review
Plaster

Read the Review
Hyness

Read the Review
Black Suit Devil

Read the Review
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Read the Review
The Pack A.D.

Read the Review
Chad VanGaalen

Read the Review
Potengowski Anna Friederike

Read the Review
Todd Rundgren

Read the Review
Old 97's

Read the Review
Needles//Pins

Read the Review
Ohama

Read the Review
Nicolas Horvath

Read the Review
Hugo Wolf Quartet

Read the Review
Heat

Read the Review
Parallels

Read the Review
Monica Chapman

Read the Review
Alexis Baro & Pueblo Nuevo Jazz Project

Read the Review
Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings

Share |


Cover Art
Music is moving out of the garage, and on to the porch. Chicago brings the world yet another fantastic band: the Fruit Bats. The band is the brainchild of former I Rowboat and Califone member Eric Johnson, but also has added touches by Gillian Lisee, and a few other rotating friends. Mouthfuls is the band's sophomore release, and it shows just how much they have matured since 2001's Echolocation. The opening track, "Rainbow Sign", gives us instant knowledge of the album's gentleness and beauty. It boasts delicate piano, acoustic guitar, soft Beach Boys harmonies, layer upon layer of percussion, and various sounds provided by household objects. Johnson's guitar playing is simple and effective, reminiscent of Lou Reed circa Velvet Underground. Mouthfuls continues with this mood until "The Little Acorn", the album's highlight and climax. It showcases everything that is wonderful about Mouthfuls: songwriting, musicianship, lyrics, mind-intrusive melodies, beauty, and sun-drenched pop bliss. It is six minutes and twenty-five seconds of your life you will want over and over again. Finally, the album drifts in to the second half of the album with the instrumental interlude "Track Rabbits". A song that is heavily reminiscent of all that is good about the fist solo albums by Paul McCartney and Paul Simon. Yes, both those Paul gems thrown in a blender with some Pet Sounds and then you have the feel of this song. It proves to be a nice transition to the latter half of Mouthfuls. The next three songs are much more mellow than the first half of the album, but equally charming. The twangy duet "Seaweed" has Gillian Lisee contributing clearer harmonies and back-up vocals than any other song. After sinking into the comfortable and soothing sounds of the last half, Mouthfuls ends with the upbeat "When U Love Somebody"; a song that could have been performed while drinking in a boxcar of a train, traveling across the Southern states. Mouthfuls is the kind of album the Fruit Bats would perform on their porch during a balmy day of summer. The album is inviting, warm, and downright neighborly.

By Bryndis Ogmundson
May 11, 2003

[reviews home] [list reviews]
 
comments powered by Disqus

More Reviews By Bryndis Ogmundson

Cover Art AMFM
The Sky Is The New Ground
(Polyvinyl)
May 11, 2003
Cover Art Colouring Season
your departure left me the shelterless victim...
(Self-Released)
Aug 11, 2003
Cover ArtMark Crozer
Unnatural World
(Tinderbox)
Jun 30, 2002
Cover Art Granfaloon Bus
Exploded View
(FutureFarmer)
May 23, 2002
Cover Art Heavy Meadows
Heavy Meadows (3)
(Dependent Music)
Jul 23, 2002

More Reviews For Sub Pop artists

Cover ArtThe Constantines
Shine A Light
(Sub Pop)
Nov 30, 2003
Cover ArtThe Postal Service
Give Up
(Sub Pop)
Apr 5, 2003
header bottom