On his debut album, Songs for Dust Mites, Steve Burns, better known as Steve from Blue's Clues, teams up with an all-star backing band and production team that includes Dave Fridmann and the Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd. Occasionally, Fridmann's lush, polished production and Drozd's distinctive drumming overshadow Burns' music; "Troposphere" is bright and bouncy, a soft explosion that recalls the Lips' "Fight Test," and the pianos and synths on "A Song for Dustmites" attempt to inflate the song into something it's not. All things considered, though, this is Burns' album, full of fragile, whimsical songs like "Mighty Little Man," the tale of an everyday superhero, and "What I Do on Saturday," a playful pop song. Songs for Dust Mites reveals Burns as more of a straightforward singer/songwriter than his influences and collaborators, and the album's quietest tracks are the most distinctive. "1>" is a clever look at a dysfunctional relationship; "Stick Around" is understated and melancholy, recalling the brokenhearted urban folk of Beck's Sea Change; and "A Reason"'s delicately plucked guitars and subtle percussion are a deceptively gentle foil for some cutting lyrics ("I need a reason/To see you again/I need a reason/Let's not be friends"). On songs like "Maintain," Burns occasionally dips into more mainstream territory, but for every song like that on the album, there's a track like the self-deprecating cut-n-paste pop of "A Snivelling Mess." Throughout the album, though, an endearing earnestness comes through, which may or may not belie his years working in children's television. A promising debut, Songs for Dust Mites is a good-natured collection of atmospheric pop that takes a few chances now and then.
Performance CreditsSteve Burns Primary Artist,Voices,Oscillator
Ed Buller Keyboards
Dave Fridmann Bass
Peter Robbins Tambourine
Jim Whitney Bass
Dorothy Lawson Cello
Michael Rubin Keyboards,Guitar (Baritone)
Steve Burns Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,fender rhodes,Tone Generator
Jim O'Connor Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Steven Drozd Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Michel Gentile Flute
Conrad Korsch Bass
Bernard Devlin Drums
Technical CreditsEd Buller Producer,Engineer
Dave Fridmann Producer
Peter Robbins Engineer
Michael Rubin Producer,String Arrangements
Michael Ivins Engineer
Steve Burns Producer,Artwork
Andrea R. Nelson Artwork
Steve Burns Composer,Sound Effects
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Songs for Dustmites based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Steve's album has been on his website for preview for a while now, and I cannot get enough of it - I love this album. I am looking forward to August 12th when I can go out and buy at least one for my own. His lyrics are tantalizing, the music is haunting, moving and uplifting, my favorite song is Maintain, but they all are great. I was so pleasantly surprised by Steve's talent, I don't want any one to miss out on this wonderful debut album. Trust me, check it out!
I am a sixteen year old. I am an emo kid, but i love Steve. I found his website because i had heard rumors of his death, but wanted to onfide with them. He is not dead. I love his cd "A Song For Dustmites." Very beautiful lyrics, and his voice is amazing. His style is like I have neverh eard yet. I love Steve. IF he goes to massachussetts, I and some other of my friends are gonig to go see him. The little girl in his video is my enlish teachers grandaughter. I love Steve Burns. Amazing, and beautiful.
Songs for Dustmites is a wonderfully diverse collection of songs proving Steve is more than just the Blue's Clues guy. You can hear the album for yourself on Steve's web page. I'd rather you did that than read what-all I have to say. The album speaks for itself.
It's a good CD and suprisingly even though it's done by that Blues Clues guy Steve Burns, the CD sounds good and is full of thought provoking songs. For those that like Radiohead you will want to hear the song 'Mighty Small Man.' Steve Burn's project with The Flaming Lips has turned out good and will be a good launch pad for his career.