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Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

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Album Review

As debut albums by young bands go, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars is nearly flawless. With a slight southern twinge in her voice, the 22-year-old Brickell churned out brilliant lyrics and captivating vocal performances, backed by the solid and innovative players that comprised the original New Bos — Kenny Withrow, Brad Houser, John Bush, and Brandon Aly. Twisting words like putty, Brickell wraps herself up in phrases and melodic lines with layers of meaning not easily grasped at first listen. Her simple observations offer deep contemplations for the willing disciples of her musical philosophies. The catchy breakthrough hit "What I Am" is the perfect example: "I'm not aware of too many things/I know what I know, if you know what I mean." Zen and the art of songwriting. On other fronts, Brickell's fascination with actress Edie Sedgwick turned itself into "Little Miss S.," while strained friendships inspired "Circle." Every song on this record hits its mark and is worthy of special attention. How well does "Nothing" capture the frustration of a non-communicative partner? Very well, indeed. Then there's "The Wheel," "She," and "Air of December." Highlights, one and all. Rather than an overblown big rock finish, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars closes with a solo acoustic performance of "I Do," a quiet plea for a partner who's equal and true, complete and steady; yet another testimony to the simplicity and thoughtfulness that this album and this band offer. "What I Am" did more than kick off a record, it jump-started a career amidst the clamor of the late-'80s folk-rock scene. Along with 10,000 Maniacs, Tracy Chapman, and others, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians took their place in the spotlight, basking in every second of their 15 minutes of fame.

Customer Reviews

The memories

I remember seeing her around 1987 in a hole in the wall bar in Denton Texas while in college. I used this album to heal a broken heart and to party with the girls. Now 19 years later I'm putting in my pod.

What happened to her?

I have to say- this is one of most favorite "cassettes" of the 80's. Every song is awesome!

One of the Best Debuts Ever!!

I remember when this record came out in college and I literally played it until the cassette tape broke. Most bands are good for one or at most three good songs on a particular records. This records is one of those few records that truely does not have a weak track. This is all the more remarkable when you consider that this was their debut. The only bad thing to say about this record is that it makes you wonder why Eddie's other records are so weak in comparison. Enjoy this record and buy every track. It is as satisfying as well crafted folky pop can be and then some.

Biography

Born: March 10, 1966 in Oak Cliff, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Edie Brickell was born in 1966 in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. She attended Southern Methodist University for a year and a half before mustering the courage in a bar one night in 1985 to get up on-stage with a local band, the New Bohemians. She joined the band and wrote songs over the next year as the band changed and evolved. They finally settled on the personnel of Brad Houser (bass), Kenny Withrow (guitar), and Matt Chamberlain (drums) before taking off for Rockfield Studios in Wales to record...
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