Fred Roth Revue
Fred Not Amused
The leisurely, laid back way Seattle's Fred Roth Revue take to their diverse style of alterna-pop/garage-rock fusion lends itself to giving the listener the sense that these are wizened and mildly jaded scenesters. There is a sly and dry approach to the vocals that adds to that effect. Take the album's opener, Tomorrow, with its subtle, unhurried bass line and smooth trumpet. The vocals linger a bit as they dwell upon a wry delivery, dancing with female accompaniment. Picking up the rowdiness and noise is Lies I Told Myself. The guitars are more rock oriented and boisterous, while the stylistic approach buried beneath the heaviness remains the same, unhurried and clever. The song has an 80s new wave via punk rock vibe and the result is infectious and energetic. The title-track sets itself off with a soft string and then struts into more rockin' 80s grooves filled with vocal repetition. Deep Deep Breath is more ominous in its mood but remains completely consistent in its measured pacing and overall texture. !0 Hills has a polka feel in its beat and lots of meandering fretwork which is married to layered melodic vocals. The album's final track is Fare Ah Jake Ah and it is a sleepy voyage through light, melodic vocals, dreamy trumpet and ethereal strings. Fred Roth Revue abounds with varied musical styles but manages to stay cohesive and catchy. Updated 80s alternative meets modern garage pop and you will be left humming and toe-tapping endlessly to each song.