One Thing After Another
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||Big Sky Mind||Forever Einstein||4:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Girl with the Flame Maple Chest (And Black Walnut Drawers)||Forever Einstein||3:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Oh, Lord, Please Bless This Rocket House and All Those Who Live in the Rocket House||Forever Einstein||4:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Curly, Get the Ladder||Forever Einstein||5:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Toy Boat Attacked by Toy Pirates on Real Water||Forever Einstein||5:46||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Maniacs from the Fourth Dimension||Forever Einstein||4:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bad Weather (Changed Our Plans)||Forever Einstein||7:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||On a Bright, Clear Dayin January, 1965, We Went Walking Together||Forever Einstein||5:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Stand Back, You Bloated Museum of Treachery!||Forever Einstein||5:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||City of Industry / Garden of Ruins||Forever Einstein||4:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Pancake Song||Forever Einstein||4:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Untitled Bonus Track||Forever Einstein||0:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
There's something about the music on this CD which conjures up visions of the American heartland and simpler times — the days and tunes of Duane Eddy ("the twang's the thang"), Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk," Les Paul, Chet Atkins, a touch of the Ventures and surf-rocker Dick Dale, and when guitarist C.W. Vrtacek cranks up the reverb on his vintage Fender Telecaster, perhaps a hint of Link Wray. The early Grateful Dead even emerges as a touchstone from time to time, as other trio members John Roulat (drums) and Jack Vees (bass/second guitar) slip into a funky blues shuffle beat, and Vrtacek stretches out and rides the groove like a young Jerry Garcia. Of course, the late '50s and early '60s are long gone, and I suspect that the last thing Forever Einstein wants to be known as is an oldies nostalgia band, so this collection of eleven tunes is suitably warped with lots of tongue-in-check musical subtexts and modernisms — abrupt shifts in key and tempo, incongruous bridges and other musical gestures in all sorts of directions, plus a mildly self-conscious, cerebral quality which is played off against the downhome licks and surface simplicity. A fine line is being walked here, and a few purists may regard Forever Einstein's schtick as irreverent pastiche, but hey — you can't really go home again, and for sophisticated listeners with any fondness for clean, clear guitar pop 1990s style, this CD will be a treat of the first order.
Years Active: '90s, '00s