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Album Review

To those unfamiliar with the String Cheese Incident, this album may cause some confusion upon being placed in the disc player. Are they a progressive bluegrass band? A rhythm & blues band with a generous dose of funk? Or hippie wannabes harking back to the late '60s? The answer is all of the above. The String Cheese Incident, like their jam band peers Leftover Salmon or the Larry Keel Experience, refuse to stick to one style. The opening cut, "Black Clouds," is a progressive bluegrass stomper, the title cut is pop/rock, and "Land's End" is jazz-fusion with a lovely guitar solo. Perhaps "Land's End," along with the bluegrass instrumental "The Remington Ride," provide a clue to the central focus of the String Cheese Incident. Jamming. They do like to sing and perform in a variety of styles, but they're also great musicians who love to jam. Mandolinist Michael Kang, bassist Keith Moseley, guitarist Bill Nershi, and percussionist Michael Travis seldom find themselves performing a song/instrumental under four minutes. Although an eight-minute funky cut like "Texas" doesn't quite reach the level of their concert jams, it does show that the band likes to leave time for noodling. The listener will also note the band's left-of-center sense of humor on songs like "Johnny Cash" with the reframe "Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash don't smoke hash." While some people may find this lyric a little too cute, they'll probably change their minds once they find themselves singing along. Like many jam bands, even a good studio recording — which Born on the Wrong Planet is — pales next to their live shows. Still, for an interested listener who isn't ready for the two-disc Carnival '99 with its ten- and 15-minute jams, Born on the Wrong Planet should build your appetite for more of the String Cheese Incident. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

This is a classic.

Although it is no substitute for a live show, it is a must have studio for the avid fan. It also happens to be the bands first release. You get a real sense of what this band was about at its origin - fantastic original american music. (It is also the only release prior to the addition of their keyboard player, Kyle Hollingsworth)

Great First Album!

This cd turned me onto string cheese, one of my favorite bands. This cd gets better the more you listen to it. I love the airy way of land's end, the happy feel of lester had a coconut, and how catchy Johnny Cash is.

Great Album right here

This is a great debut album. Every song on here is unique from the other. they are all good and are all unique and fantastic. I would recommend this album to any string cheese incident fan. The only thing i have to say about it is I think that 'Round the Wheel would have been a better debut album. It comes at you with a bang. But this album is still fantastic and highly recommend it.


Formed: 1993 in Boulder, CO

Genre: Rock

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

The bluegrass-based jam band the String Cheese Incident comprises mandolinist/violinist Michael Kang, guitarist Bill Nershi, bassist Keith Moseley, pianist Kyle Hollingsworth, and percussionists Jason Hann and Michael Travis. Formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1993, the group's self-described "sacrilegious mix of bluegrass, calypso, salsa, Afro-pop, funk, rock, and jazz" quickly built up a following on the local club circuit, and within six months of their formation they earned an invitation to open...
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