The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

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Where'd You Go? EP

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Where'd You Go? ©1991 Taang!
1. Where'd You Go?
2. Sweet Emotion
3. Enter Sandman
4. Do Something Crazy
5. Ain't Talkin' Bout Love

I've never been absolutely wild about The Mighty Mighty Bosstones to a large degree, but their older stuff had a certain flair as well as their covers of well known songs. This short five song EP covers Aerosmith, Metallica and Van Halen, proving that someone in the band had a healthy respect for metal as much as the ska they are better known for. I don't imagine singer Dicky Barrett would be too out of place fronting a metal band with his deathy rasp. But getting back to this EP, the opening track "Where'd You Go?" is actually a quite good heavy ska track that is much lighter than some of the other songs. "Sweet Emotion" actually gets an energy boost as the band adds in their franticness. "Enter Sandman" also benefits from the Bosstones' natural energy, in fact turning in a much more convincing and enjoyable performance than Metallica's original. Barrett's vocals fit the song much better than you might expect. Moreover, trimming the song's length to just under three minutes keeps the song from becoming as stale as the overblown Hammett-diseased original. "Do Something Crazy" is a standard aggro-Bosstones number that is both heavy and kinetically charged. Finally, the band closes out with "Ain't Talkin' About Love", which is just another fine performance. The Bosstones' guitarist knows his metal chops quite well, but the best moment is the ska horns bridge in the middle that adds so much new personality to the song. Generally this short EP is a fun and refreshing piece of work that hardly lets up for a second anywhere. Totally recommended to ska enthusiasts and metalheads alike.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/1999

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