Fastball: Keep Your Wig On
By: Linda Spielman
This CD is a departure
for the members of
Fastball. After listening to them for many years, this CD is
the most rooted and solid sounding to date. No more heavily saturated
radio tunes on this CD--- these songs are some of the best written
and produced by the band yet.
Don't worry about the
new direction of musical style from Fastball. Their songs are still
as quirky as ever. They are still as visual as their past CDs. And,
these songs are every bit as infectious to the listener. You may
not realize it, but you will find yourself subconsciously humming
along to songs far after the CD is out of your stereo.
Two tracks are noteworthy
on this CD. Red Light and Perfect World blend a Southwestern
hybrid rock country vibe. Their sound has a lot of rootsy, bluesy
overtones. It makes the listener look forward to each new track
because it has the ability to give each song a completely different
As quirky as ever, the
title of the CD, Keep Your Wig On, exemplifies the style
of Fastball. Although the songs are not recognizable on the radio
right now, they are true stylistic gems.