Hi 88 / Lo 71
|Volume 70, Issue 23,
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Life & Arts
Feeling good is focus of 'Tonight'
By Zach Lee
Music doesn't need to have a message. Deep lyrics are great and all -- everyone needs to find meaning somewhere -- but sometimes music is just supposed to feel good. That's where Spiderbait comes in. Making up the three-member band from Australia, Kram, Whitt and Janet don't even bother to give last names or instruments played on the liner notes of their first American release, Tonight Alright. That simplicity is a testament to their music -- straightforward and over before it answers any questions.
Huddie Ledbetter's "Black Betty," a song made famous among fans of fine cinema by its inclusion in Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, gets a distorted kick in Spiderbait's cover, and the already rousing song pumps even more adrenaline through listeners' eardrums.
Posing few questions, "Cows" has all the answers. The lyrics are as candid as can be: "It's true, I'm cautious / Feel blue and nauseous / What's new, it's obvious / It's you, you're gorgeous." "Take Me Back" isn't the usual plea to a wayward girl either. With lyrics like "Take me back to the city / It's what I need / Take me back to the pretty lights / It's gonna be alright when I see the city lights." it's an ode to something larger than life.
Tonight Alright is a twelve-pack of musical honesty given by three Aussies to an American public used to fluff. After only 36 minutes of music on the album, most listeners will be left wanting more, but that's exactly what Spiderbait won't give.
Verdict: It's a half-hour romp that will leave
most listeners hungry for more.
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