Idée Fixe

Idée Fixe

by Jean Caffeine
     
 

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,See more details below

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2000
Label:
Invincible Records
UPC:
0714288501127
catalogNumber:
5011

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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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