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Reviews: Liza & the WonderWheels ~ Meet the Animal|
Posted on Saturday, December 02, 2006 @ 10:22:43 UTC
Artist: Liza & the WonderWheels
CD: Meet the Animals
Home: New York City
Quote: "This consistently inventive music, with its sometimes confrontational lyrics, is good -- if sometimes hard to swallow -- stuff."
By Dan MacIntosh
Liza & the WonderWheels sometimes sounds almost exactly like the Swimming Pool Q's on Meet the Animal. Granted, few remember that 80s act. But they earned a spot opening for the great Lou Reed back in the day and should have received far more recognition.
WonderWheels cover Katrina and the Waves “Machine Gun Smith” on this disc. But this is where its association with that carefree act, which gave the world “Walking On Sunshine,” ends. Similar to the Swimming Pool Q's, this group is a quirky, smart act that challenges listeners to stop and listen hard. When vocalist Liza Garelik states, “Bend the bars and look inside” during “Meet the Animal,” she’s not just describing a fun filled day at the zoo. She is, instead, asking humans to come face to face with the way they treat wildlife. She might also be asking mankind to look at its not quite so evolved self. Whatever her motives, there is a philosophical angle involved.
Aurally, there is an overriding angular element to this music. But as an exception, when Garelik sings the sadly sweet lullaby “Hush Now Sweet Pea” over a soulful guitar groove, she sounds like Blondie’s Debbie Harry at bedside with the grandkids. (A strange mental picture, I know).
This consistently inventive music, with its sometimes confrontational lyrics, is good -- if sometimes hard to swallow -- stuff. When you meet this particular musical animal, it’s like no beast you’ve been introduced to before.
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