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Album Review

On their first album in seven years, Cucumbers Deena Shoshkes and Jon Fried are still pondering the imponderables of love. In "Something Dangerous," Shoshkes tells her lover, "I'm afraid of you, and I love you"; seconds later, it's "I feel safe with you, and I love you." There are hints, however, that the duo's uncertain affection may be leading progeny. The album-opening "I'm Waiting" may be addressed to a lover or a coming baby, and "Your Little Ribcage," sung by Fried, presents the story from the inside. They're still quirky after all these years, in other words, and still employing a minimalist rock style reminiscent of the bands that were in the ascendant when they got together — early Talking Heads, B-52's, Devo. Some tracks boast more extensive instrumentation, notably horns, but the basic approach is still, well, basic, with a focus on the vocals and those odd observations. May they never change.

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Hoboken, NJ

Genre: Pop

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

Basically a duo of Jon Fried and Deena Shoshkes (both of whom strum and sing), the Cucumbers came out of America's indie rock underground in the early '80s, showing an affection for infectious jangle pop overlaid with lyrics speaking of romantic uncertainty. After recording an EP for the Fake Doom label in 1983, the group released its first album, Who Betrays Me...And Other Happier Songs, two years later. A self-titled LP in 1987 revealed a growing maturity —...
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