Focus on the Background

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All Music Guide - Troy Carpenter
Focus On The Background is a rare nugget: an oft-overlooked indie EP that actually represents a key step in the Mysteries Of Life's evolution. The six songs are the first showcase of the band's second lineup, featuring Kenny Childers on bass and LonPaul Ellrich on percussion and additional drums. Chief songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Jake Smith and drummer Freda Love remain the creative core of the band, which shows its maturity well on songs like the spirited send-off "Wish You Well" and the chugging "Something's Wrong." Childers contributes and sings lead on "Shiver," but the EP's real centrepiece is an almost note-perfect cover of the Talking Heads' "Naive Melody," ...
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All Music Guide - Troy Carpenter
Focus On The Background is a rare nugget: an oft-overlooked indie EP that actually represents a key step in the Mysteries Of Life's evolution. The six songs are the first showcase of the band's second lineup, featuring Kenny Childers on bass and LonPaul Ellrich on percussion and additional drums. Chief songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Jake Smith and drummer Freda Love remain the creative core of the band, which shows its maturity well on songs like the spirited send-off "Wish You Well" and the chugging "Something's Wrong." Childers contributes and sings lead on "Shiver," but the EP's real centrepiece is an almost note-perfect cover of the Talking Heads' "Naive Melody," which demonstrates well the Mysteries' aptitude for combining relentless rhythm with sweet melodies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/1997
  • Label: Flat Earth
  • UPC: 707824010825
  • Catalog Number: 108

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wish You Well (3:49)
  2. 2 Something's Wrong (3:36)
  3. 3 Sight Unseen (4:00)
  4. 4 Shiver (3:42)
  5. 5 Naive Melody (4:13)
  6. 6 I'm into Something Good (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mysteries of Life Primary Artist
Jake Smith Guitar, Vocals
Freda Love Drums
Kenneth Childers Bass, Vocals
Tim Riggins Trombone
Dale Lawrence Piano
Tina Barbieri Vocals
LonPaul Ellrich Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Geraldine Haas Cello
Technical Credits
Carole King Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Paul Mahern Producer, Engineer
Mike Stucker Engineer
Mark Maher Engineer
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