Turn It Upside Down
First Appeared in The Music Box, November 1994, Volume 1, #5
Written by John Metzger
The latest effort from the Spin Doctors, Turn It Upside Down, provides a mixture of songs covering ground already tread on their first album, along with some fresh material. While this one starts out with "second-album" syndrome, it quickly moves on to some new and different material and is a must for Spin Doctors fans.
Big Fat Funky Booty, while providing a nice kick to start off Turn It Upside Down, is a virtual remake of What Time is It?. Similarly, You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast is a total remake of Little Miss Can't Be Wrong.
As Turn It Upside Down progresses, the newer material begins to surface and shine. Cleopatra's Cat is a funky song that allows vocalist Chris Barron to play off the whining guitar of Eric Schenkman. Indifference gives Schenkman a chance to cover the vocals and play a short but sweet acoustic guitar solo.
Bags of Dirt pounds out a solid rhythm, which Spin Doctors is so good at, and comes complete with electrified feedback and guitar solo. Mary Jane and Laraby's Gang give the band some new and different sounds that really work. Someday This All Will Be Road and Beasts in the Woods close out the album and paint a not so pretty picture of the future, leaving the listener with the questions "Will we have the option to thrive? Will there be a door to survive?" ½
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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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