Riviera

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For a while there, it seemed like every town had a band like Big Head Todd & the Monsters -- and, if you live in a college town, you probably still have at least one that does. They're a roots band in the post-R.E.M. age, turning out serious, melodic, lightly jangly guitar rock that's very earnest and straight-ahead. At the height of alt-rock, they were on the cusp of success, but they pushed too hard -- hard enough that they wound up compromising their sound without the commercial rewards. This happened on two successive efforts, and they eventually retreated for a long, long time, taking five years between studio records before reappearing in 2002 with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For a while there, it seemed like every town had a band like Big Head Todd & the Monsters -- and, if you live in a college town, you probably still have at least one that does. They're a roots band in the post-R.E.M. age, turning out serious, melodic, lightly jangly guitar rock that's very earnest and straight-ahead. At the height of alt-rock, they were on the cusp of success, but they pushed too hard -- hard enough that they wound up compromising their sound without the commercial rewards. This happened on two successive efforts, and they eventually retreated for a long, long time, taking five years between studio records before reappearing in 2002 with Riviera. This is a modest affair, never pushing too hard toward radio or to their jam roots. Frankly, after two deliberately calculated albums, the return to their simple roots is welcome, especially since they've cut away all excessive tendencies and made a clean, rather melodic, enjoyable record. There is no "Bittersweet" -- and even if there were one, it probably wouldn't get them radio play in 2002 -- but the songs are all sturdy, whether they're rockers like the first-rate opener "Julianna", or contemplative ballads, and they resonate because the group no longer is swinging for the bleachers, they're simply playing the game the best they know how. And, by doing so, they've wound up with their best record in nearly a decade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624826620
  • Catalog Number: 48266
  • Sales rank: 17,180

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Julianna (3:38)
  2. 2 Freedom Fighter (4:07)
  3. 3 Hysteria (4:24)
  4. 4 Again and Again (4:04)
  5. 5 Runaway Train (4:30)
  6. 6 Wishing Well (4:03)
  7. 7 Jet (4:14)
  8. 8 Secret Mission (4:28)
  9. 9 Gary Indiana Blues (3:22)
  10. 10 Riviera (4:01)
  11. 11 Universal Mom (4:44)
  12. 12 [Untitled Hidden Track] (3:53)
  13. 13 [Untitled Hidden Track] (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Head Todd & the Monsters Primary Artist
Todd Park Mohr Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Nevin Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Rob Squires Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Karl Derfler Pre-Production Director
Brian Gardner Mastering
Andy Torri Engineer, Pre-Production Director
John Kurzweg Drum Engineering, Pre-Production Director
Todd Park Mohr Producer, Engineer
Mary Tassone Pre-Press Layout
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back to the basics

    After a 4 year hiatis w/ no studio efforts, BHTM returns w/ arguably their best output since Midnight Radio. It is refreshing to see and hear a band that is still viable, creating great music, playing for their fans and most of all having fun. I just read that Riviera has sold 70,000 copies which for an independent is awesome. They will make more money than on Beautiful World which sold almost 500,000 copies. Way to go boys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best since Sister Sweetly

    I must admit, I approached this album cautiously. I have always been impressed by the musical and lyrical abilities of this band, but some of their albums have been ''track 2, track 8'' offerings. This one is different. Their in-studio performance here in Minneapolis made me give them another chance. The disc is filled with great songs with the signature guitar sound and ''big head'' lyrics. The percussion punctuates the soul-filled songs, and the production is keen. Julianna is NOT the only only good tune. If you have skipped other BHTM albums, this is the one to draw you back in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Average

    Juliana is great but there is a severe drop off after that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good album

    Best BHTM since Sister Sweetly

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