CD Review of Forever by Cracker
Cracker: Forever
Recommended if you like
The Clash, Patti Smith Group, X
Label
Emd/Virgin
Cracker: Forever

Reviewed by R. David Smola

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D
avid Lowery, the primary force behind Cracker (and the defunct Camper Van Beethoven) is the guy that got A's in college, even though he never went to class and was at the bar everyday enjoying spirits at Happy Hour. He was the guy that read the book and aced the tests. His lyrics are always the type to kind of make fun of you, but done in a way where you end up singing along, not really realizing it.

Forever is, song for song, a solid record and quite the rebound from the surprisingly inconsistent and disappointing Gentleman's Blues from 1998. Where that record felt as if the members of Cracker were going through the motions, the new record and the four years seem to have re-energized Mr. Lowery and mates. From the swirling introduction to the "Brides of Neptune" to the last rap lines of "What You're Missing," the record ebbs in and out of riffs, styles and sounds, but it is surprisingly cohesive.

This Cracker record makes you tap your foot, sing out loud and laugh a little at the stuff that Lowery comes up with: telling an ex-girlfriend to go back to Florida in "Don't Bring Us Down"; relating how cool someone is by stating that they are as "cool as Burt Bacharach singing 'What's Up Pussycat?'" in "Shine"; and emphasizing the physical nature of a lover as "so beautiful that you should be guarded by monkeys" in a song oddly titled, "Guarded by Monkeys." The band rap in the last song of "What You're Missing" is hysterical, as well as being a dead-on description of who and what Cracker is about. Forever is what music should be: fun, easy to hum and witty.

Other Cracker reviews:
Countrysides (2003)

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David Lowery, the primary force behind Cracker (and the defunct Camper Van Beethoven) is the guy that got A's in college, even though he never went to class and was at the bar everyday enjoying spirits at Happy Hour. He was the guy that read the book and aced the tests. His lyrics are always the type to kind of make fun of you, but done in a way where you end up singing along, not really realizing it.

Forever is, song for song, a solid record and quite the rebound from the surprisingly inconsistent and disappointing Gentleman's Blues from 1998. Where that record felt as if the members of Cracker were going through the motions, the new record and the four years seem to have re-energized Mr. Lowery and mates. From the swirling introduction to the "Brides of Neptune" to the last rap lines of "What You're Missing," the record ebbs in and out of riffs, styles and sounds, but it is surprisingly cohesive.

This Cracker record makes you tap your foot, sing out loud and laugh a little at the stuff that Lowery comes up with: telling an ex-girlfriend to go back to Florida in "Don't Bring Us Down"; relating how cool someone is by stating that they are as "cool as Burt Bacharach singing 'What's Up Pussycat?'" in "Shine"; and emphasizing the physical nature of a lover as "so beautiful that you should be guarded by monkeys" in a song oddly titled, "Guarded by Monkeys." The band rap in the last song of "What You're Missing" is hysterical, as well as being a dead-on description of who and what Cracker is about. Forever is what music should be: fun, easy to hum and witty.


~R. David Smola 
pretendcritic@aol.com

other Cracker reviews:
Countrysides (2003)

 


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