Something in the Water

Performers Mystery Girls

In The Red Records | May 4, 2004 | Compact Disc

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This Green Bay, WI, band's second album is an unholy stew of sloppy, early-'70s Rolling Stones, Midwestern bar band sweat, Detroit proto-punk, and bits of '60s garage rock and psychedelia floating around here and there. Bluesy, boozy guitar rock (with harmonica) is at the base, but given a raucous, snide punky attitude in its execution. In a way, it's music that belongs to no real era; certainly it's revivalistic of some genres, but it doesn't fall neatly into either a late-'60s/early-'70s hard rock groove or a later punk-ish tributary. For some listeners, that description makes them sound like manna from heaven. But it's actually kind of ordinary and unremarkable, even given as hard as these guys are obviously trying to be raunchy and outrageous. The throaty vocals are artless, and what's worse, the production half-submerges them in the mix. Perhaps that was an intentional decision, but when you're working territory many bands have already dug into, lyrics can do something to make you stand out from the crowd. The result is a pretty blurry affair, both in sonics and conception, that like a blurry motion picture doesn't register sharply on the senses or the memory. ~ Richie Unterberger

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 4, 2004

Genre: Garage Band

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: In The Red Records

UPC: 759718511024

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Something in the Water

Something in the Water

Performers Mystery Girls

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 4, 2004

Genre: Garage Band

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: In The Red Records

UPC: 759718511024


Title Track Time
1.Autumn Turns to Fall --
2.Tossin' an' Turnin' --
3.Blues in G --
4.Circles in the Sand --
5.Footsteps --
6.Her Bed (My Home) --
7.Pockets --
8.Private Parade --
9.Radio Planet Blues --
10.Silver and Gold --
11.I Want Nothing of It --
12.This Is Stereo --
13.Your So Blue --

Editorial Notes

This Green Bay, WI, band's second album is an unholy stew of sloppy, early-'70s Rolling Stones, Midwestern bar band sweat, Detroit proto-punk, and bits of '60s garage rock and psychedelia floating around here and there. Bluesy, boozy guitar rock (with harmonica) is at the base, but given a raucous, snide punky attitude in its execution. In a way, it's music that belongs to no real era; certainly it's revivalistic of some genres, but it doesn't fall neatly into either a late-'60s/early-'70s hard rock groove or a later punk-ish tributary. For some listeners, that description makes them sound like manna from heaven. But it's actually kind of ordinary and unremarkable, even given as hard as these guys are obviously trying to be raunchy and outrageous. The throaty vocals are artless, and what's worse, the production half-submerges them in the mix. Perhaps that was an intentional decision, but when you're working territory many bands have already dug into, lyrics can do something to make you stand out from the crowd. The result is a pretty blurry affair, both in sonics and conception, that like a blurry motion picture doesn't register sharply on the senses or the memory. ~ Richie Unterberger
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