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TagYerit

Tubeman

Review by Gary Hill

The second album by Tag Yerit, this one is a bit less humorous than the last one. It still has some definite funny stuff, though, and carries on with the musical themes of the band; sort of a quirky combo of sounds as diverse as '60's and '50's rock, The B-52's and Blondie. The lineup on this disc is Flo Newman, Rich Newman and Fred Hazelton.

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Track by Track Review
Music Makers
This one starts with an almost Rushish sort of instrumental texture. The song gets funkier as it continues, but these textures do return. It has a somewhat quirky sort of arrangement and features lyrics about the wonderful musicians who are your neighbors -- just normal people.

The Hike
A slower tempoed cut with a strong, almost poppy arrangement, and this one lyrically is about a hike through the forest. It has some subtle Howeish guitar moments.
Tubeman
A bouncy sort of cut, this one feels like a playful early Blondie song.
Wendy Bird
A song based in the Peter Pan mythos, this one is rather hard-edged and mysterious sounding. The vocal arrangement on it is quite strong, calling to mind old Jefferson Airplane at times.
Connections
The intro to this piece is in a pretty balladic mode, then the song jumps into a fun and catchy pop rock mode that really grooves. This one is almost Grateful Deadish at times.
Outlaw Radio Guy
This is a balladic sort of number.
Dreading
A countrified cut with an unusual arrangement, this one gets quite progish at times.
Sci-Fi With Space Leprechaun Appearance
Set in a bouncy sort of pop rock mode, the "leprechaun appearance" is a weird sort of instrumental break that occurs twice in the piece.

Milestones
Another quirky sort of cut, this one gets quite weird at times, but still very fun.

One Crow Morning
A spoken word/percussive early section leads to a classic rock and roll and blues sort of sound. The cut then becomes balladic, in a great mode with some nice percussion. This one feels like one of the classic hippie sort of songs from the late '60's and early '70's.
Betya
This track is a good bluesy rocker with a nice '60's rock sounding guitar solo.
Zorro's Dilemma
"Zorro's Dilemma" is a nice quirky Duane Eddyesque instrumental.
Embarrassed (All True)
A bluesy intro kicks this one off, and the blues leanings remain in its quirky rock arrangement. The song is about various embarrassing moments in life. It is a bit too concerned with bodily functions for the tastes of this reviewer, but it is still funny.

 
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