Thursday, November 5, 2009

Big Beat (1976)

A bit more of a conventional drums-n-guitars sound than its predecessors, which is part of the reason it's a bit less interesting. The other part is that the songs are generally a bit less strong. That doesn't mean it's not a pretty good album, though. It is! It only suffers when judged against the extremely high standards that the band had previously set, and then only a bit.

"Everybody's Stupid" is very funny, and you can't resist singing along with the "everybody's stupid--that's for sure" refrain. "I Bought the Mississippi River" is agreeable zany--sorta makes me think of the title character in Autumn of the Patriarch selling the Caribbean. But not really. "Big Boy" is good also. And of course, there's the outrageously offensive "Throw Her Away (and get a new one)." Good stuff in general, but not quite transcendent. I honestly don't find myself playing this one that often.

The current CD version features a handful of non-album tracks, including the great "England" and a truly inexplicable cover of "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

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