Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

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by Camper Van Beethoven
     
 

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Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart closed with Lowery singing about how "Life Is Grand" in pointed response to "those of you who have appointed yourselves to expect us to say something darker." So when Key Lime Pie came out, its moodier music and

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Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart closed with Lowery singing about how "Life Is Grand" in pointed response to "those of you who have appointed yourselves to expect us to say something darker." So when Key Lime Pie came out, its moodier music and imagery, not to mention that soon after the fact the band fell apart on the tour for the album, led more than one person to think those darker times had finally arrived. As it is, the group had already gone through one major shake-up between the two albums -- founding member Segel had taken a powder to concentrate on other efforts, with Morgan Fichter brought in as a replacement violinist. Her abilities were certainly praiseworthy, as the album-starting instrumental "Opening Theme" shows quite well. However, it's definitely not the same band that did Telephone Free Landslide Victory a mere four years previous -- things are more straightforwardly rock here most of the time, perhaps not too surprising in light of Lowery's subsequent work in Cracker. As it is, though, it's excellently conceived rock, with space, moodiness, and more to spare. Consider "Jack Ruby," with its wordless backing vocals, tense rhythms, and thick soloing, or "Laundromat" and its steady but unnerving crunch. It's not all potential melancholia, though -- "June" in particular is an underrated number, celebrating the early summer with sweetness and love (at least up to the increasingly stranger ending). Lowery's singing is his best yet, perhaps a little less prone to wackiness but an emergent, distinct voice all the same, and certainly prone to sing a quirky lyric or two still. The oddest thing of all was that the band actually gained a little mainstream attention on MTV and radio via a cover of Status Quo's psych-era nugget "Pictures of Matchstick Men."

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1992
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0077778612728
catalogNumber:
86127
Rank:
78124

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Camper Van Beethoven   Primary Artist
Tim Cook   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tim Steelbone Cook   Pedal Steel Guitar
Davey Faragher   Background Vocals
Danny Faragher   Background Vocals
Morgan Fichter   Violin,Vocals
Garth Hudson   Organ,Talking,Pump Organ
Victor Krummenacher   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Don Lax   Fiddle,Strings
Greg Lisher   Guitar,Vocals
David Lowery   Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Mary O'Neil   Background Vocals
Chris Pedersen   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Hammer Smith   Harmonica
Wally Sound   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dennis Herring   Producer,Engineer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Csaba Petocz   Engineer

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