Idée Fixe

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All Music Guide - Erik Hage
Jean Caffeine has been around long enough to get tired of being compared to other artists, particularly Patti Smith. Idee Fixe, unfortunately, isn't going to dispel that notion as long as you throw in a little PJ Harvey and Liz Phair for good measure. Caffeine cops attitude, purrs, and snarls over barbed-wire rootsy guitars throughout, but she's at her best when she just surrenders to melody and sings, as in the hooky opener, "It's Not Nice Without You." Jean Caffeine the dark poetess, however, is much less interesting, as in the grating, talk-sing wordplay of "Want It, Want It." Much preferable are her laid-back, earnest vocals on the twangy "Getting Directions." A gritty ...
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All Music Guide - Erik Hage
Jean Caffeine has been around long enough to get tired of being compared to other artists, particularly Patti Smith. Idee Fixe, unfortunately, isn't going to dispel that notion as long as you throw in a little PJ Harvey and Liz Phair for good measure. Caffeine cops attitude, purrs, and snarls over barbed-wire rootsy guitars throughout, but she's at her best when she just surrenders to melody and sings, as in the hooky opener, "It's Not Nice Without You." Jean Caffeine the dark poetess, however, is much less interesting, as in the grating, talk-sing wordplay of "Want It, Want It." Much preferable are her laid-back, earnest vocals on the twangy "Getting Directions." A gritty run through Jon Dee Graham's "Big Sweet Life" scores as well. It seems that Caffeine doesn't like to play it straight for long, however, and art-damaged filler such as "Word Junkie" undermines Idee Fixe's strengths.
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  • Release Date: 11/22/2000
  • Label: INVINCIBLE RECORDS
  • UPC: 714288501127
  • Catalog Number: 5011

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jean Caffeine Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jud Newcomb Guitar (Leslie)
Miles Zuniga Guitar
Lars Göransson Bass, Background Vocals
Stephen Belans Drums
Carl Coolie Mandolin
Andy Dyken Electric Guitar, Shouts
Phillip Edwards Keyboards
Rob Gaines Drums
Jose Galleano Percussion
Dennis Ku Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Noah Lit Acoustic Guitar, Leader
Lee Jay Pascal Electric Guitar
Tawyna Lo Rae Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Yolanda Ramirez Cover Art
Lars Göransson Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Ron Marks Graphic Manipulation
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