First Appeared at The Music Box, November 1997, Volume 4, #12
Written by John Metzger
moe.'s was a pleasant surprise to many attendees of this past summer's Furthur Festival. The group's performance in Tinley Park was positively stunning. No Doy, the band's debut for Sony, however, is a little disappointing. In fact, it's so polished that it sounds like it was made by a different outfit altogether. Comparisons to the Freddy Jones Band are particularly apt.
Nevertheless, the more that I listened to No Doy, the more I found myself enjoying it. Although it is completely different from moe.'s live act, the disc contains many infectious melodies, such as the single She Sends Me, which certainly deserves more airplay than it currently is receiving.
Whether it is intentional or not, many of the songs could easily fit on a Freddy Jones Band album. A comparison between the Freddy Jones Band's single In a Daydream will show how close moe. has come to capturing a nearly identical sound on No Doy. Like the Freddy Jones Band, moe. combines slick slide with funky rhythm guitar. At first I had some difficulty getting past the close similarities, but upon further examination, I found that there are other influences that creep in throughout this collection, ones which eventually coalesce into a unique sound.
At the forefront of the moe's approach is the twin guitar attack of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey, which borrows quite a bit from the Allman Brothers Band. This should come as no surprise, considering that the Freddy Jones Band also leans heavily upon the Allmans' classic sound. Rebubula straddles the fence between these two bands, while Moth is situated more firmly within Allman Brothers Band camp, albeit with a few odd twists.
Phish fans will want to check out moe., too. There are undeniable elements within moe.'s music that draw directly from the work of its Northeastern neighbors. Check out the funky bass line around which Rob Derhak centers the rambunctious 32 Things, and just try not to picture Mike Gordon performing those runs! The lyricism of the songs are also reminiscent of Phish as are the jams on Buster. This latter tune even borrows a bit from the Talking Heads.
There are plenty of interesting twists and turns throughout No Doy, and many other more subtle influences as well. While the disc doesn't quite capture moe. at its best, the outing still is worth adding to your collection.
Of Further Interest...
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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