Strait Up

Strait Up

     
 

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Lynn Strait was one of those stars that burned too bright and flared out before its time. The lead singer of Snot drank too much, took drugs, hung with porn stars, had the word "Insecure" tattooed across his abdomen, and lived for mischief. He died in a car accident on December 11, 1998, but not before forming many tight bonds with members of

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Lynn Strait was one of those stars that burned too bright and flared out before its time. The lead singer of Snot drank too much, took drugs, hung with porn stars, had the word "Insecure" tattooed across his abdomen, and lived for mischief. He died in a car accident on December 11, 1998, but not before forming many tight bonds with members of various alternative and metal bands. In tribute to the fallen rocker, his ex-bandmates have teamed up with a batch of vocalists who remember Strait fondly and recorded Strait Up, an eclectic batch of heartfelt songs that run the gamut from yearning and soulful ("Angel's Son" featuring Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust) to full-on noise ("Starlit Eyes" featuring Serj Tankian of System of a Down). To a large extent, the singers dictate the tone of the songs: "Take It Back," which features Korn's Jonathan Davis, is menacing and paranoid; "Catch a Spirit," starring Soulfly's Max Cavalera, is tribal and punchy; and "Reaching Out" is filled with hooks courtesy of Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath. Also contributing to the disc are Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Corey Taylor from Slipknot, and Strait himself on Snot's final recording "Absent" and the confessional spoken-word cut "Sad Air." Most of the songs are emotionally gripping and musically riveting, but it's the lyrics that make the most poignant statement, as each artist tries to come to terms with the death of a close friend.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
After recording just one album, alternative metal combo Snot was effectively destroyed when lead singer Lynn Strait lost his life in a freeway accident on December 11, 1998. The band had seemed on the verge of stardom and at the time were completing the music for their second album. As a memorial to Strait, Snot eventually decided to release those tracks, with lyrics and guest vocals provided by a phalanx of stars from the alt-metal community. The resulting album, Strait Up, is a fitting tribute from Strait's peers and friends, featuring members of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Slipknot, Sevendust, (hed) p.e., Coal Chamber, Sugar Ray, System of a Down, Soulfly, and more. There are a few lackluster moments, but overall the outpouring of support and the sentiment of some of the lyrics are moving. Strait Up also features a remixed version of "Absent," the Strangelands soundtrack song that proved to be Strait's final recording with the band.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Immortal
UPC:
0724385036408
catalogNumber:
50364

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Performance Credits

Phil Bodner   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Wilder   Trombone
Jay Berliner   Banjo,Guitar
Dennis Anderson   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Bargeron   Trombone,Tuba
John Beal   Bass
John Campo   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Jonathan Davis   Track Performer
Barry Finclair   Violin
John Frosk   Trumpet
Jack Gale   Trombone
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Seymour Red Press   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Andy Stein   Violin
Corey Taylor   Track Performer
Ruth Waterman   Violin,Concert Master
Max Cavalera   Track Performer
Snot   Track Performer
Arnie Kinsella   Percussion,Drums
Dave Gale   Trumpet
Jason Sears   Track Performer
Mike Doling   Guitar,Vocals
Fred Durst   Track Performer
Lynn Strait   Track Performer
Serj Tankian   Track Performer
Brandon Boyd   Track Performer
Rob Fisher   Piano,Celeste
B. Dez Fafara   Track Performer
Mark McGrath   Track Performer
Strait Up   Track Performer
Lajon   Track Performer
M.C.U.D   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Paul Goodman   Engineer
Patti Laursen   Producer
Emil Micha   Art Direction
Mike Doling   Producer
John Fahnestock   Contributor
Rob Fisher   Liner Notes
Andrew Alekel   Engineer
E. Smith   Composer

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