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Pushing Red Buttons: Pushing Red Buttons

Most of the 12 tracks here come painfully close to brilliance while one slides painfully closer to tragic. The former include the stop-you-in-your-tracks "What's Good For You?" or the Utopia/Rundgren-inflected "Danny's Private Life" and "Surprise," while the latter mostly refers to the highly disposable "Code Of The Road" (sorry, guys), a song that damn near made me stop.

Editor's note-former Utopia bassist/vocalist Kasim Sultan makes an appearance on Pushing Red Buttons.

At times there is a crippling hesitancy here, evidence of a really good writer (keyboardist/vocalist Steve Herrig) and strong players fumbling toward confidence, trying to find their voices. That's precious in a way and it's something I love about Mike Keneally's Tar Tapes (Keneally has since, of course, transformed into a musical giant), but frustrating in others. Frustrating because you get the sense that with a little more time and a little more chutzpah the material here could be honed to a fine, sharp point that would leave audiences dumbfounded.

That said, Pushing Red Buttons is worth having now for the glimpse it gives you of a band that could, provided they stick together (and I have no reason to believe otherwise),reach soaring musical heights.

Added: June 12th 2003
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Pushing Red Buttons Site
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Language: english

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