I Mother Earth


Dig

I Mother Earth - Dig ©1993 EMI
1. The Mother
2. Levitate
3. Rain Will Fall
4. So Gently We Go
5. Not Quite Sonic
6. Production
7. Lost My America
8. No One
9. Undone
10. Basketball
11. And The Experience
12. The Universe In You

Easily one of the more unusual, weirded-out Canadian bands. I got a bone to pick with the funky slap bass a la Chili Peppers on "Rain Will Fall", but all told, this band has more in common with Jane's Addictionesque and vaguely Hawkwinded psychedelia given all the spacey, unhinged alt.rock and aimless songwriting. Not to be outdone by those alterna-rock rogues, there are flashes of greatness throughout; the peaceful jazziness of "So Gently We Go" and the metal heft of "Not Quite Sonic", intimate these guys know what they're doing and will harness their abilities with age. Subsequently, Dig can't touch Scenery and Fish in any conceivable creative capacity, but I'll not condemn them for ambition. Certainly, within this watery genre, one could do worse (and indeed, many did, Dig basically amounting to a major stiff, given the scant media support and those cold, unforgiving winds of the American musical climate). Above all, I'd rather listen to a growing, generously talented band than the latest Rolling Stoned hype crap. And so should you.

Review by Lee Steadham

Review date: 12/1998

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Scenery And Fish

I Mother Earth - Scenery And Fish ©1996 Capitol
1. Hello Dave!
2. Like A Girl
3. One More Astronaut
4. Another Sunday
5. Three Days Old
6. Used To Be Alright
7. Shortcut To Moncton
8. Pisser
9. Raspberry
10. Songburst & Delirium
11. Sense Of Henry
12. Earth, Sky & C

The shinier, brighter, happier successor to IME's non-epic debut Dig provides improvements in the band's thinking; most notably songwriting that doesn't fade into that desert tundra. Focused and blatantly colorful both aesthetically and sonically, Scenery and Fish is an immense canvas of bluesy, improv-sounding guitars and an unusually massive sounding rhythm section for an alt band. Although the unabashed "happiness" of it all is a little unnerving for this embittered jerk, songs like "Sense of Henry" and "Like A Girl" laugh in the face of mediocrity and are undeniably healthy for the lackadaisical Canadian scene. Bravo.

Review by Lee Steadham

Review date: 12/1998

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