Street Beef

Street Beef

by Shitake Monkey
     
 
Don't be fooled by the veneer of trashy guitars and stoopid pop hooks that Shitake Monkey have constructed on their debut album. Beneath the surface goofiness (sample song titles: "Come On," "Turn It Up," "Here's a Song"), there's a real musical intelligence at work -- and even if that intelligence is sometimes sacrificed for the sake of a dumb joke or two, it's still

Overview

Don't be fooled by the veneer of trashy guitars and stoopid pop hooks that Shitake Monkey have constructed on their debut album. Beneath the surface goofiness (sample song titles: "Come On," "Turn It Up," "Here's a Song"), there's a real musical intelligence at work -- and even if that intelligence is sometimes sacrificed for the sake of a dumb joke or two, it's still there to be found beneath the trash-pop surface of almost every song. Notice, for example, how good the falsetto singing is on "Maybe Lady," and how beautifully constructed the hook is on the deceptively simple-sounding "Those Days." Also notice the excellent harmony singing on the funky "Come On," and the fact that "Mad Monkey" is much more complex than it sounds at first listen -- for one thing, it's a reggae song, which you won't notice unless you listen very carefully to its rhythmic structure. The numbers that fall flat -- notably "N'ere Pie Fire" (which sounds like a demo) and "Here's a Song" (which sounds like an in-joke) -- are mostly brief and easy enough to skip over. But just about everything else starts out sounding like a trifle and ends up sounding like something much more. That's pretty impressive for a first album.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2007
Label:
Outlook Music
UPC:
0822969100924
catalogNumber:
1009

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shitake Monkey   Primary Artist
Chuck Flores   Classical Guitar
Mario Winans   Loops
David Wolfert   Mandolin
Greg Nice   Rap
Shelene Thomas   Background Vocals
Mike Reddy   Guitar
Caleb Shreve   Track Performer
Peter Wade Keusch   Track Performer
Chuck Brody   Slide Guitar,Group Member
Johnny Rodeo   Group Member
Hunter Perrin   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bruce Swedien   Reverb
Mike Reddy   Logo
Caleb Shreve   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Meirav Galar   Vocal Engineer
Peter Wade Keusch   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Danielle Riley   Contributor

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