Band cuts latest album

By Emmett Overbey

For those of you who missed Eleventh Dream Day when they played with Green in the Diversions lounge last year, I’m sorry for you.

You missed a fabulous show. Fortunately, you have a chance to hear what you missed. Atlantic Records has just released “Beet,” and it’s a masterpiece.

The whole album sounds a lot like something from The Feelies. It’s got lots of heavy-guitar instrumental jams and lyrics which don’t always rhyme or make sense. Even on a good day, though, The Feelies aren’t nearly this much fun.

A few of the cuts (“Testify,” “Awake I Lie,” “Between Here and There”) are just good old rock-and-roll songs, but the rest tell stories which get weirder with every listening.

“Road That Never Winds” is about a doomed man and a barmaid. “Bagdad’s Last Ride” is about a Bonnie and Clyde fan who gets in an argument with a sailor about the pros and cons of off-track betting.

Plane wrecks and automobile accidents are the subject of “Axle,” and “Teenage Pin Queen” is the story of a low-class truck-stop babe who seems a lot like Jodie Foster in “The Accused.” My personal favorite is “Michael Dunne,” which is about the poet laureate of Santa Barbara.

“He had a poem about his teeth. He gave it to Cathy to keep.”

Good Stuff.

As far as the musical style of “Beet,” it’s really hard to describe. Like I said, there’s a lot of Feelies in it, but that’s probably not a lot of help for most people.

If you dig in real far, you can find a hint of R.E.M., but for all practical purposes, that’s probably not too accurate. It’s got a style all its own with vague influences which are hard to pinpoint.

I imagine it’s safe to say that unless you hate any band which doesn’t sound like either Metallica or Milli Vanilli, you won’t find much to dislike about “Beet.”

It’s a fantastic album from a band that’s going to be around for a while. If nothing else, put it on your Christmas list; you’ve got nothing to lose.