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Stuck in Wonderamaland
     

Stuck in Wonderamaland

by Dramarama
 
Continuing its regret-tinged look at the life of the almost-famous in L.A., Dramarama on its third album continued polishing its abilities at both straight-ahead rock and gentler affairs on Stuck in Wonderamaland. Beginning and, in a brief acoustic reprise, concluding with the title track, a wistful strum with some prime feedback burn

Overview

Continuing its regret-tinged look at the life of the almost-famous in L.A., Dramarama on its third album continued polishing its abilities at both straight-ahead rock and gentler affairs on Stuck in Wonderamaland. Beginning and, in a brief acoustic reprise, concluding with the title track, a wistful strum with some prime feedback burn added in the midsection, the band happily turned firmly away from the bad-glam-addled idiocies of late-'80s Sunset Strip sleaze to keep pursuing its own muse. The sly choice of a cover song, Mott the Hoople's bitter, knowing demolition of the rock dream "I Wish I Was Your Mother," betrays the emotional sucker punch prevalent throughout. With no changes outside of the departure of keyboardist Ellenis, adequately replaced here and there by Tommy T, also tackling guitar as needed, the group still kicks with a sharp energy even at its calmest moments. Easdale's signature semi-rasp if anything became even more emotive with time, while the guitar team of Wood and Mr. E Boy remained able to tackle full-on riffing to softer shades with aplomb. Carter's bass work here is some of his best, warm and flowing, while drummer Jesse similarly does the business. The great "Last Cigarette" continues the Dramarama tradition of strong lead singles, hitting and ripping with the prime energy of early New York glam/punk and even earlier rave-ups without sounding dated in the least. Then there's "70s TV," which makes the addiction to such a seeming pit of hell downright cool. When the group tries for calmer material, it does so in ways that make the then-prevalent "power ballad" trend look like the weak cheese it was. "Fireplace, Pool and Air Conditioning" hits a lovely slow burn that sounds like an updated Love if Tom Waits was the lyricist, while "Try" simply shimmers with a gorgeous acoustic/electric combination, a lovely eternal sunset.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/1991
Label:
Chameleon / Wea
UPC:
0033237482226
catalogNumber:
74822

Tracks

  1. Wonderamaland
  2. No Regrets
  3. Fireplace, Pool, & Air Conditioning
  4. Lullabye
  5. It's Hardly Enough
  6. Last Cigarette
  7. 70's TV
  8. Try
  9. Would You Like
  10. I Wish I Was Your Mother
  11. Pumps on a Hill
  12. Stuck in Wonderamaland

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dramarama   Primary Artist
John Easdale   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Steve Goldstein   Piano
Jerry Peterson   Saxophone
Peter Wood   Guitar,12-string Guitar
E.   Guitar,Mandolin,Strings,E-bow
Tommy T.   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Chris Carter   Bass Guitar
Jesse Farbman   Percussion,Drums,Rainstick

Technical Credits

John Easdale   Producer
Val Garay   Producer,Engineer
Peter Wood   Contributor
Chris Carter   Producer
Steve Rennie   Executive Producer

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