Garage D'or 2xCD (Virgin Records)
By: Jeb Branin
I literally know nothing about CRACKER. Until I slapped on this CD I can honestly say I don't think I had ever heard a single song from them. The only thing I remember is that I had heard their named tossed around here and there in conjunction with the college rock scene. A fact that in and of itself is enough for me to give a band a wide berth. Imagine my great surprise when I found myself tapping my foot and singing along to almost every song on this limited edition double CD, which is apparently a retrospective of the bands early years - hence the title. CRACKER definitely have some of the annoying trappings of the all too generic college rock sound but there is more substance here than 90% of their ilk. CRACKER draw heavily on musical influences from the late 60s and early 70s AOR sound. Y'know... that tambourine shaking, organ enhanced sound that crawls inside you head and infects the portion of your brain in charge of processing boogie and filtering woogie. CRACKER knows you gotta have soul if ya wanna rock 'n roll. They know you need depth to be memorable in any significant way. They know that psychedelia is a spice not an entre. They also seem to be aware that if you ain't gonna rock hard that is no excuse not to crammed full of passion. This is solid.
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