|06-14-2008, 04:59 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2008
Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom
Ruby Vroom is Soul Coughing's debut album and consists of beat poetry over fake jazz and sample based tunes with a driving stand up bass and a killer funk sounding drummer. This is a hard album to review even though I've heard it so many times and definitely not the easiest first review, but I'll give it a shot anyway.
Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago - Starts out with a slightly funky guitar riff and then goes into a nasty walking bass line and rhythm section groove sprinkled with sampled pieces from other songs.
Sugar Free Jazz - One of the slower tunes on the album, starts with a simple guitar line and just evolves into a simple chorus with a repeated skat line by Doughty with samples thrown all over the place. The song stays mostly the same, but it's a piece of work.
Casiotone Nation - One of the jazzier tunes on the album. A chorus counting in 5's (5,10,15,20.....) A driving bass line with samples providing as the melody during the verses as Doughty ad-libs through the song.
Blueeyed Devil - Definitely one of the catchier songs on the album. A nice and simpe guitar line with a good backing from the rhythm section. Awesome sampling of tenor sax pieces sprinkled in. Always makes me think of Hey Arnold for some reason.
Bus To Beelzebub - Frantic sampling starts the song out till the drums come on and then the bass and the rest of the band come in. A very simple song, but the sampling hear is top notch, as is the rhythm section.
True Dreams Of Wichita - The song has the repeating bass line with guitar parts sprinkled in. For a long time the song seems to ramble on and is very repetitious, but near the end the drums come in and go into a funk jazz adventure with a driving bass line to give the song a wakeup.
Screenwriter's Blues - Almost completely samples the whole way through and the rhythm section is very repetitious, but it's composed beautifully.
Moon Sammy - Another one of the catchy tunes on the album. Great rhythm groove and awesome sampling.
Supra Genius - A simple groove that seems to repeat itself the whole song, but the sampling seems to provide dynamic changes throughout the whole song.
City Of Motors - A haunting bass line and rambling about car parts. Brilliantly used samples give the song another feeling that fits perfectly with the bass.
Uh, Zoom Zip - The bass line repeats itself over and over again, but the drums give the song a slightly jazz/funk feel as the singing is muffled by sound effects.
Down To This - The chorus may the wierdest part. And maybe the bridge. Both contain female backing vocals sampled from other groups give the song a different feel from previous ones on the album.
Mr. Bitterness - The song really shows off the drumming skills of Yuval Gabay. The song starts with a superfunk beat, and stays the same, but the sampling and the bass give the song an edge. The same could be said for every song, but it's really true.
Janine - The story is, Mike Doughty had his wife call on the phone and improv a song. They sample that throughout the whole song as Doughty strums over his wife's singing and gives her an ode.
10/10. I could listen to this album every day of my life. Even though the way I review the song's sound the same, they're incredibly hard to describe until you listen to them because each one, though on paper seems the same, is a completely different journey.
Bus To Beelezebub
Blue Eyed Devil
True Dreams Of Wichita
|07-12-2008, 11:28 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Palmer, Alaska
I didn't label them pop (music with melodic emphasis) with negative connotations. It's definitely grouped with 'alternative rock', but the sound, to me, is funky soul-pop.