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Songs in the Key of Bree

  • 1. Barfly
    2. More Than Your Eyes Can See
    3. Poorboy
    4. Few Too Many
    5. Tool
    6. Nite Lite
    7. I Can't Believe
    8. Irish Drinking Song
    9. King of the Box
    10. She's Fat
    11. Ah Yeah
    12. Happy Stay
    13. Voice in My Head
    14. New Generation
    15. I Don't Wanna Be No (J.B.J.)
    16. Sappy Love Song
    17. I Don't Seem to Care
    18. True or False - (bonus track)
    19. Voice in My Head '96 - (bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 126

  • Credits
    EngineerJeff Forrest

    Personnel: Buck-O-Nine (background vocals); Anthony Curry (vocals, trumpet); Scott Kennerly, Jon Pebsworth (vocals); Jonas Kleiner (guitar); Craig Yarnold (alto saxophone); Dan Albert (trombone); Steve Bauer (drums); Jeff Forrest (background vocals).
    Recording information: Doubletime Productions (03/1994-04/1994).
    The debut album by San Diego ska-punks Buck-O-Nine garnered instant comparison to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and for good reason; although singer Jon Pebsworth had infinitely more dulcet tones than the gravel-voiced Dicky Barrett, the band's revved-up reiteration of the Two Tone sound was otherwise distinctly similar. (If anything, the snotty "Irish Drinking Song" sounds like a backhanded tribute to the Bosstones' Boston roots.) So similar, in fact, that anyone who has listened to more than a couple of Mighty Mighty Bosstones records basically knows exactly what Songs in the Key of Bree sounds like: the horn sections are jumpy and over-caffeinated, the rhythm section skanks like crazy, and the guitarists are there almost entirely for chukka-chunk rhythms. The quick feints into the Bo Diddley rhythm in "She's Fat" are about the only stylistic innovations on the whole album. This isn't a bad album, and the high energy level maintained throughout is both impressive and good for anyone looking for a cardio workout, but it does feel just a little too familiar for comfort. ~ Stewart Mason

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