Native Son

Native Son

by The Judybats
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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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Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Wounded Bird
UPC:
0664140645929
catalogNumber:
6459
Rank:
45457

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