When I Woke
First Appeared in The Music Box, April 1995, Volume 2, #4
Written by John Metzger
When I Woke This is quite an adventurous debut, opening boldly with a very psychedelic tune called Drum Trip. The title pretty much sums it up. This song flows into a catchy tune called Ecstasy, and the album is off and running. Every tine is very well played, is quite danceable, and the musicianship is outstanding. From the Scottish/Irish sound of Send Me On My Way to the Moody Blues/Jefferson Airplane mix on Cruel Sun, one of Rusted Root's best compositions, this album shines brightly. In addition, this collection features an interesting array of instrumentation from Congas, Djmbe, and Talking Drums to Flute, Pennywhistle, Banjo, and Marimba. There's also the usual assortment of rock ‘n' roll instrumentation, including some very fine acoustic guitar playing.
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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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