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Albums' maturity show these bands here to stay I
FASTBALL FILLS IT'S OWN SHOES AND FINDS
MIDDLE GROUND WITH IT'S THIRD ALBUM
Fastball has enormous shoes to fill: its own.
“All the Pain Money Can Buy,” its sophomore
pelled the group
into the big time
nations and an
tion. The songs
"The Way,” “Fire
“Out of My
stuck in the
minds of all radio listeners and MTV viewers in 1998.
The group toured with Everclear, Goo Goo Dolls,
Sugar Ray, Marcy Playground and the 1998
Now Fastball faces the music with “The Harsh
Light of Day.” The album following a huge success is
always full of pressure. The band doesn’t want to lose
its personal sound, nor lose fans who think the group
is stuck in a rut Fastball finds the middle ground on
its third album.
It contains soft grooves that make you want to
roll down the windows and feel the sun beat on your
skin, but the music is going toward a further destina
The first single, “You’re an Ocean,” has a traveling
rock beat and Fastball’s recognizable vocal har
monies and guitar background, but is overpowered
by Billy Preston playing a piano reminiscent of
The song is the epitome of potato-chip pop; you
can’t listen to it just once. The lyrics aren’t profound,
but they are fun to sing along to: “You’re an ocean,
you’re an ocean. Settle down, settle down, what’s the
Another great track is the mariachi hit, "Love is
Expensive and Free.” Built upon a medium Mexican
gait, Bennett Salvay adds sweeping string arrange
ments and a fitting trumpet track. Again, Fastball
exhibits its harmonious qualities as well as the gui
tarists’ playful rhythms and solos.
Fastball is a band that can endure fame. "The
Harsh Light of Day,” though it may not lend itself to
extensive radio play like the previous release, is a
statement of Fastball’s permanence in the music
RADIOHEAD'S FOURTH ALBUM SHOWS SIGNS
OF A GROWTH SPURT, SHEER INNOVATION
On first listen, Radiohead’s fourth album, “Kid
A,” seems to be a grouping of fuzzy spaceship noises
hanging in limbo.
But after a few listens, it becomes clear that
everything is in its right place.
The new album is Radiohead’s first in more than
since the release
a Grammy nom
ination for best
best known for
its 1994 hit
“Creep” off the
grown on each
of its albums, producing beautiful albums in “The
Bends” and “OK Computer.”
Another growth spurt is obvious on “Kid A,”
which is more like “OK Computer” than “The
Bends.” Actually, it sounds like the band was listen
ing to a lot of Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Brian Eno
while it was recording the album.
“Kid A” is noticeably lacking the squealing, hec
tic, unusual guitar playing of Jonny Greenwood.
Instead, it is replaced with solid
drum beats and many variations
of keyboards, with songs like “The
National Anthem” and“Idioteque”
bordering on techno.
One thing that is a bit bother
some is the vocal contribution of
lead singer and songwriter Thom
Yorke has been known for bel
lowing painful, heartfelt lyrics with
a squealing, yet eloquent, voice.
There’s almost none of that on
“Kid A,” where Yorke's voice is hid
den and filtered by voice distor
On “Everything In Its Right
Place,” Yorke sings the chorus,
then it is played again backwards.
One verse is comprised of
Yorke singing the line “Yesterday I
woke up sucking on a lemon” four
times, then it goes back to the
That type of activity is com
mon throughout the album. The
listener never gets a clear listen to
Yorke’s voice until the end of the
The song “Kid A” feels like a
disjointed fairy tale, with light drips of sound filling
the background. Yorke's voice, which is heavily fil
tered and sounds like a computer, is unintelligible
banter. Nothing can be understood.
One song that seems unusual on the album is
“Motion Picture Soundtrack,” which was written
during the “Pablo Honey” era.
The song differs greatly from the computerized
fuzz that fills most of the album. The song consists of
Yorke’s vocals, an organ with harps and a chorus
toward the end of the song. It sounds like a funeral
“The National Anthem” is an incredible song that
begins with rigid, fuzzy bass and a techno beat that
eventually paves the way for a full brass section.
“Idioteque” is a pure dance song that is an inter
esting endeavor for a guitar rock band. Yorke’s voice
is exceptional on this song, combining confusion
This album is totally different from anything
Radiohead has ever released, and it is done well. The
type of music the band presents is truly unusual and
innovative. It is reminiscent of the change the
Beatles took when they recorded “Sgt. Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band.” t
Fans of Radiohead songs like “Fake Plastic Tiees,”
“Creep” and “Paranoid Android” may be turned off
by “Kid A,” but they need not wait long. Rumor has it
that Radiohead’s fifth album is already recorded, and
they are set to record their sixth album in the spring.
But until then, Radiohead fans will have then
hands full with the sheer innovation that “Kid A” pro
Restaurant s Cajun fare
spices up city dining scene
It all started with a little win
dow in the back of
Knickerbockers, 901 O St. Now
there are two George’s Red Pepper
Grills, 1317 N. 10th and 3223
Cornhusker Highway, and a
brand new Cajun place called
Crawdaddy’s. I think George is
systematically trying to take over
I say if he sticks to food, then
he can go right ahead.
The 25-cent tacos many of
you have probably eaten at
Knickerbockers on Thursdays or
the Red Pepper Grill on Sundays
come from George’s kitchen. They
may not be culinary creations of
vitality, but they started George
on the path to some great food.
George’s newest endeavor,
Crawdaddy’s, 700 O St., moved
out of its tight quarters in
Knickerbockers and relocated to
the Haymarket. Kerry O'Ryan’s,
another Cajun and Creole restau
rant, closed its doors and
Crawdaddy’s moved in.
I didn’t review Crawdaddy’s
when it was in Knickerbockers
because of the legitimacy factor. I
figured it was basically a few of the
dishes from the Red Pepper Grill
with a Cajun theme. After
Crawdaddy’s got its own place, I
was hoping this was going to be
different than George’s other
There is no doubt that the
environment is different George’s
has a cafeteria style walk-through;
Crawdaddy's has servers. George’s
is painted in wild, bright colors;
Crawdaddy’s has blacks and
whites. George’s is basically a
sauna with food; Crawdaddy's has
As for the food, George leaves
the Mexican-style cuisine at the
other store. Crawdaddy’s is strictly
Crawfish rolls (crawfish tails
fried in dough) and Cajun fries
(traditional favorites kicked up a
notch) lead the appetizer list.
George’s Gator Balls, a blend of
alligator and pork in BBQ sauce,
were very unimpressive. The
meat was dry and lacked flavor.
However, the fried sweet potatoes
were excellent. The bite-sized
pieces of sweet potatoes were
sprinkled with sugar and cinna
mon and were served with a tasty
dipping sauce. They were so
sweet, I probably would order
them for dessert next time.
Of course, George does the big
Cajun three: jambalaya, red beans
and rice and gumbo. The jamba
laya blends a nice combination of
spices, peppers and Andbuille
sausage with Cajun rice. The por
tion was small, and it was a bit
cold, but the ingredients were
right on the money. The red beans
and rice and gumbo didn’t meas
ure up to what I had in Memphis
the weekend before, but the por
tions were very filling.
Trio incorporates culture
into roots reggae music
MEDITATIONS from page 8
“Scratch was regarded as
one of the most creative forces
in reggae,” Van Pelt said.
Reggae legend Bob Marley
invited The Meditations to sing
backup vocals on several of his
songs, including “Blackman
Redemption,” and asked the
band to open the historic One
Love Peace Concert.
The Meditations became
popular for its dance hall music;
a danceable beat under the har
monies of the trio’s voices.
The Meditations’ sound is
influenced by Curtis Mayfield,
who has been nicknamed “the
Godfather of Reggae.”
Van Pelt described the shift
of music genres in Jamaica that
contributed to the full-bodied
sound of reggae.
“In Jamaica there was a shift
from R&B boogie woogie to ska
that contributed to reggae
music. The Meditations’ sound
has outlasted many other
Jamaican trios with a unique
kind of music isolated in
Jamaica,” Van Pelt said.
Despite a group split during
the '80s, the band is back
together and began touring the
United States last April.
The band’s current release,
“Ghetto Knowledge,” is evi
dence of the roots reggae that
still pulses in the group’s music.
The second track of the album,
“Ghetto is a College,” sums up
the realities of learning the most
from living life’s experiences to
the fullest—the life that springs
from The Meditations’ mind in
DAILY NEB.CO M
Seven different Po’ Boys
(Louisiana hoagie sandwiches)
and seven more dinner specials
(including fried catfish, spiced
island shrimp and sea bass) fill
the menu. There are burgers and '
BBQ sandwiches for those of you
who can’t manage to try anything
Crawdaddy’s is better than
Kerry O’Ryan’s, but it doesn’t
measure up to George’s. After get
ting used to the soaked-shirt heat
and no-frills mentality of
George’s, it’s difficult to wait for
one’s meal and be served at
But it gives George a chance to
try new things and experiment
with the clientele in town, on his
way to controlling Lincoln's
restaurant business. Next up:
Georges of Fun, the Cajun theme
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