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Mysterious Juice
Released November 1998
At long last the Juice is here! Released in November of 1998, two years after the band’s debut CD “Waiting for Dave,” the group’s latest effort has indeed been well worth the wait. The disc is packed with fifteen original tunes, spanning the enormous stylistic range that the band is renown for. “Right this Moment is the lead off track - a funky horn drenched number celebrating the joys of living in the present, or “’carpeing the diem” as Dave might say! “Waking up the Dead” is driving blues that swings hard from start to finish, and features one of many stellar solos on the album by guitarist Dan Noordermeer. “It’s Only Money” is pure rock and roll, and lots of fun, whereas the gospel-tinged soul of “How’ve You Been” is highlighted by a moving vocal performance demonstrating Dave’s newfound maturity as both a singer and songwriter. The fifth song of the disc, “Lose Your Mind” is an uptempo funk-rock song which includes a great solo by Dave on the Hammond organ. And on it goes for ten more tracks, with lots of pleasant surprises along the way: The sonic wall of guitars and unrelenting groove of drummer Danny Lockwood on Lying There leave no doubt that the band can rock hard. The jazzy “Fast Twitch Blues” moves along at such a clip that one wonders how long the guys can hold on! “Let’s Play Outside” is a trip through a 70’s time machine with a very funky bass track by Chris “Bottom End” Bruce, and the upbeat groove of “Drano For Your Soul” features a fabulous extended sax solo by Toronto’s Mark Armstrong. The album closes as strongly as it begins: “Just One More” is a rousing sing-a-long swing blues number; the band rocks on “One Million Bands,” which offers a amusing commentary on the indie music scene; and the emotional Stranded on the Mainland is marked by a haunting piano and vocal performance by Dave. The final track “The Way it Goes” showcases the entire band, with an extended jam closing out the disc that recreates the excitement of the band’s live performances. “Mysterious Juice” is a huge eclectic mix of great music by one of Toronto’s most exciting live acts, so be sure to pick up a copy at any of our shows.
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