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Album Review

Smart, sassy, and with a major emphasis on cool, Caviar's self-titled debut is Midwestern power pop that's just as intent on being sexy as it is on providing air guitarworthy riffs that'll likely cause some kid to bust a few mattress springs. Buoyed by the success of the Charlie's Angels film, which features Caviar's silly yet infectious lounge rock song "Tangerine Speedo," this Chicago group led by Blake Smith (formerly of Fig Dish) effortlessly tosses out irresistible radio-friendly glam-inspired tunes. Sure, the band owes a heavy debt to the Rolling Stones, T. Rex, Cheap Trick, and the New York Dolls, and a cynic could easily play spot-the-influence on nearly every one of these 11 tracks, but Caviar is too much fun for that. It's familiar without being derivative, despite the fact that "Goldmine" rips a refrain straight from a Jerry Reed country song and neatly livens it up. After all, it's hard to fault a leader like Smith when he can pen a line like "She's Thomas Jefferson/I'm William Howard Taft," place it over an arena-ready guitar, and not make it sound ironic. Smith's clean and wide-ranging vocals, perhaps a tad reminiscent of Robin Zander, are well suited for both his sarcasm and self-righteousness, as well as for the soaring chorus that propels past the big beats of "OK Nightmare." From the digital cockiness of "Flawed Like a Diamond" to the bombastic, striptease power chords of "Sugarless," Caviar connects the retro cool of Urge Overkill with the unselfconscious attitude and studio gimmicky of Garbage for a glossy, hard-to-resist debut.

Customer Reviews

I feel funny...

I feel funny because I am the only person to have written a review yet! This album has some catchy songs on it, and to be honest, I catch myself singing Tangerine Speedo all the time (I am a swimmer). Buy this album, the music isn't like everything out there that you hear, it mixes interesting lyrics with equally interesting music.

fish eggs never sounded so good

I've been listening to Caviar (this cd, in particular, is never out of rotation) for seven years, and it saddens me that they're so underrated and unheard of. Being the music fanatic that i am, I'm always looking for new sounds and artists, and Caviar remains one of the most unique artists i listen to. Buy it. listen to it. love it.


Caviar haha this is going to sound funny Caviar sounds really good i havent bought the who album just yet but its good sooo buy it i really like the song tangerine speedo and their sound is completly a good way


Formed: 1999 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s

The Chicago-based, electronic-tinged modern rock group Caviar formed in 1999 out of the ashes of Fig Dish. Despite the troubles the band had with their label, guitarist/vocalist Blake Smith and bassist/vocalist/keyboardist Mike Willison wanted to continue making music together. A trip to the U.K. made them aware of electronica's growing influence and popularity, and inspired the duo to incorporate samplers and keyboards into their guitar-driven sound. The band expanded into a quartet with the addition...
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