2000: The Stereo Society SS005
Well! What a cheerful little album. If it werent for the just-TOO-yummy Millennium Man (with its slick mix of French and English), Id say this makes Joni Mitchells Turbulent Indigo sound like Free to Be You and Me. Its dark, dark, dark .
Theres a lot of good work here, but it is extremely depressing material. Wishing Well, for example, wallows unenjoyably and heavily in its sadness but manages to strut out a fine chorus of possibly disingenuous forgiveness. And they gave Jungle Jane a much better treatment four years later on BETTY RULES, with more power and a seemingly unleashed Alyson Palmer storming right on to the finish.
I didnt decide to get this album until Summer of 2006, when I heard BETTY RULES and discovered to my intense joy that the girls had finally gotten the formula exactly right; in theory, this arrival justifies all of the steps they took to get there, so I finally got this album, BETTY3, and Snowbiz to see how theyd fared since I declined to buy Carnival when it came out. Exactly what had led me to make that choice, I dont recall now, but I think it was an audio clip of part of one of these tracks (I have no idea which, now) which I listened to and simply didnt like. What I heard was the more of Limbolands overproduction and bombast and the harmonies still not fixed, and I still do now. But its an interesting album in its own way, and Millenium Man truly is great fun.
Comments © 2006 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.