Fever Dreams 0705


fye.000000400165562359 7/26/05 Used

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Review Text Little Rock dream pop duo the Boondogs will forever have a footnote in Internet music history: they were the first and only band offered a recording contract by garageband.com, one of the dot-com era's more impressive flameouts. Although an album funded by the website was recorded (at Ardent Studios with Jim Dickinson, the studio and producer responsible for Big Star's classic Third/Sister Lovers!), it was never released, due to the general collapse of the entire "new economy" in 2001. Four years and a couple of placeholder EPs later, Fever Dreams is the Boondogs' true coming-out party. Recorded at Fat Possum founder Bruce Watson's Mississippi studio, Fever Dreams doesn't sound a thing like the raunchy electric blues that's Watson's primary stock in trade. Actually, a lot of that Big Star sound is present in the hazy indie pop textures of husband-and-wife team Jason Weinheimer and Indy Grotto. Grotto's songs in particular, rooted in her soft but expressive voice and a taste for neo-psychedelic keyboard textures, actually recall '80s U.K. dream pop supergroup This Mortal Coil, who themselves recorded a number of Big Star covers. Weinheimer's somewhat more muscular tunes are fairly straightforward Southern power pop in the mold of Mitch Easter's Let's Active, though it must be said that Weinheimer and Grotto lack Easter's knack for solid '60s pop hooks. However, songs like the catchy Grotto-sung "Stranger Inside" are compelling jangle pop. Took long enough, but Fever Dreams is mostly worth the wait. ~ Stewart Mason

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CD: 1

  1. 1. What I Saw in a Dream - 3:02
  2. 2. Up for Days - 3:22
  3. 3. Ophelia - 4:01
  4. 4. I Won't Take It - 3:58
  5. 5. Stranger Inside - 3:25
  6. 6. Knockdown Dragout - 4:37
  7. 7. I Don't Belong - 4:00
  8. 8. Bad Ideas - 3:07
  9. 9. Can I Count on You? - 4:48
  10. 10. Show My Hand - 2:17
  11. 11. Goodbye and Godspeed - 3:51
  12. 12. What Everybody Knows - 4:33

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