dada - American Highway Flower

dada
American Highway Flower

(I.R.S./Blue Cave)

First Appeared in The Music Box, January 1995, Volume 2, #1

Written by John Metzger

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American Highway Flower is the latest effort from dada, and the Los Angeles-based trio improves upon its debut Puzzle, which spawned the radio hit Dizz Knee Land. Surprisingly, American Highway Flower isn't getting quite as much attention. Many of the songs, like Feet to the Sun, still fit that three and a half minute radio-friendly time frame and are packed with catchy rhythms and riffs. Perhaps it is because many of the moods, themes, and melodies introduced on Puzzle are expanded into angrier, depression-laden jams that are overlaid with pretty vocal harmonies, such as the album-opener Ask the Dust, which is a swirling song about heroin-addiction. Throughout the effort, there's a strong sense of the apathetic frustration and futility that seems to have captured the country of late. Scum tells the tale of the armchair politician looking for someone else to solve the world's problems.  While the album doesn't offer any answers, it at least makes for an excellent musical escape. starstarstar

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Ratings

1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!

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