The Tryout: Fine Young Cannibals
The best rated album of late, the new one from Grizzly Bear, isn't on Lala so I've decided to go back into the vaults and pull out an underrated silly album of the 90's. The Fine Young Cannibals' "The Raw and the Cooked" is a mish-mash of different styles. At one point they seem like they want to be KC and the Sunshine Band, then they want to be a pop rock band, then it's doo wop style, and then some schmaltzy light R&B stylings. Throughout it all, the album just has a light, fun feel to it, probably because lead singer Roland Gift's voice is so odd. A song like "I'm Not The Man I Used To Be" isn't really all that great but his voice just makes you want to mimic him and sing along.
The album does have three standouts (Good Thing, She Drives Me Crazy, and Don't Look Back) and Tell Me What is just plain catchy. Honestly, this album almost sounds like someone goofing around at karaoke.
Here's the video for the least famous song, Don't Look Back. It's kind of fun to see the riveting effects of the video. While you gasp at the technical wizardry, also ponder why, of all the things they decided not to blur, would they just leave Gift's jacked up front teeth crisp and clean for all to see?