A Piece of Strange
From what I understand, Crop Circle has been playing live around the Philadelphia area for some time now; this is a rare recorded outing for the band. Ten songs with varying levels of originality. mostly on the high side. “The Fever” is a reverb-drenched number that makes good use of a theremin, “Dumb American” has a wistful chord progression, a sweet violin line, and lyrics dripping with cynicism. “Got a Funny Feeling” is a spacey ballad, reminiscent of Ween in some ways. There’s a couple of cliched clunkers (“Aluminum Siding Man,” “Mr. Strange”), but the overall quality of the rest of the album more than makes up for it.
Crop Circle, 156 South St., Apt #3, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130