Native Son

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The debut by folk-influenced college rockers the Judybats, 1991's Native Son, is an extremely uneven record. The high points are quite high indeed, but there's an awful lot of filler too. Conveniently, however, the good stuff and the not-so-good is segregated from one another, with the six best songs appearing at the front of the album and the B-squad material relegated to the second half. The peaks include the soaring title track and the sunny "Daylight," both songs powered by Johnny Sughrue's driving acoustic guitar, the group's secret weapon through most of their albums. The other pair of gems are the atypical "Don't Drop the Baby," an almost psychedelic slice of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The debut by folk-influenced college rockers the Judybats, 1991's Native Son, is an extremely uneven record. The high points are quite high indeed, but there's an awful lot of filler too. Conveniently, however, the good stuff and the not-so-good is segregated from one another, with the six best songs appearing at the front of the album and the B-squad material relegated to the second half. The peaks include the soaring title track and the sunny "Daylight," both songs powered by Johnny Sughrue's driving acoustic guitar, the group's secret weapon through most of their albums. The other pair of gems are the atypical "Don't Drop the Baby," an almost psychedelic slice of college radio-style spookiness, and a terrific cover of Roky Erickson's "She Lives In a Time of Her Own" that had first appeared on Sire's terrific Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye tribute. The Judybats, save for bassist Timothy Stutz, had never even heard of Erickson when their label demanded they record this track, but keyboardist/violinist Peggy Hambright turns in her best performance on the album. After that high point and the fine "Incognito," the album drifts off into catatonia with a stretch of vague and basically uninteresting folk-influenced pop songs, but the first 21 minutes of this album make up for missteps like the pretentious "The Wanted Man." Native Son is a flawed but basically worthwhile release, but its follow-up, 1992's Down in the Shacks Where the Satellite Dishes Grow, would build on its strengths.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140645929
  • Catalog Number: 6459
  • Sales rank: 131,609

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Judybats Primary Artist
Jeff Heiskell Vocals
Johnny Sughrue Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ed Winters Electric Guitar
Peggy Hambright Violin, Keyboards, Vocals
Tim Stutz Electric Bass, Vocals
Terry Casper Drums
Technical Credits
The Judybats Contributor
Greg Calbi Mastering
David Cook Engineer
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Jeffrey Lesser Producer, Engineer
Peggy Hambright Illustrations
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