Friday, February 20, 2009

Just Fred

Fred Schneider is best known as the front man of the rock band The B-52s, of which he is a founding member. He also has two solo albums to his credit, one which has already been posted here and this is his second one. Just Fred came out in 1996 and is a little different than his first solo effort or even his work with the B 52's. He leaves behind the dance-influenced of his debut and he hired indie-rock star Steve Albini to produce. Schneider and Albini recorded the album in less than a month with most every song a first taker. Backing Fred on this album are three different edgy guitar rock bands. Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Six Finger Satellite, and Deadly Cupcake. The result is a surprisingly enjoyable fusion of Schneider's bizarre charm and lean, loud alternative rock that proudly illustrates his punk roots. With Fred writing the lyrics you know you're in for some quirky odd lyrics. Almost every critic gave this release favorable reviews and deservedly so. This grunge/punk hybrid with Fred's hysterically awesome voice makes this a must for fans of Fred and would be good for a gander if you're into alternative punk. Even if you're not into the B's one might find this surprisingly good.

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