Where the Fields Grow Green
First Appeared in The Music Box, anuary 1999, Volume 6, #1
Written by John Metzger
Ekoostik Hookah has been releasing outings at an unprecedented rate. Where the Fields Grow Green is the first of three discs to come out this year — two of which have hit the market in the last month. This effort has what may be the best artwork to grace an album cover this year, and it is a warm and inviting introduction to the music of this talented Ohio-based band.
On Where the Fields Grow Green, Ekoostik Hookah achieves what many other jambands fail at — harnessing its live energy and translating it into a studio environment. The group's success certainly can be attributed to its strong sense of a good melody, but more importantly Ekoostik Hookah knows that it has to have a good song before it can expand it into an epic jam. This is certainly a lesson that the band learned from the masters themselves — the Grateful Dead. In fact, one of the songs included on this disc (Another Good Man Gone) is a touching tribute to departed guru Jerry Garcia. Other highlights include the bluegrass romp of Caribou, the reluctant waiting for and anticipation of Springtime Again, and the raging Ecstasy (Feelin' Good), which spins its psychedelic energy to a monumental conclusion. While it might not be perfect, Where the Fields Grow Green is, without a doubt, a solid effort from a young band with a lot of promise.
1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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