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Rusted Root ~ Remember
Top Customer Reviews
Remember is a spectacular achievement in the genre of 'flower child' music if you can call it that (no doubt they are big around the laid back college campus). It balances out the lighter side with the darker using fantastic often ethnic instrumentation (including great guitarwork, cultured vocal stylings with Arabian/Indian inflections, and African percussion) and a primitive writing style that seems to capture the spirit of olden tribalistic times with an equal balance of religion, delirium, confusion, and loss. Songs like "Faith I Do Believe" and "Heaven" follow the religious aspects and I often prefer the music to the words, but the tales of overwhelming confusion seem to outweigh these reflecting scattered imagery and being mesmerized by it ( such as my favorite track "Voodoo" in which he describes a variety of fragmented things, but "Baby Will Raam", "Infinite Space", "Circle Of Rememberance", and others are just as worthy).
There are darker parts to the album as well and I think these are some of the best tracks.."Bullets In The Fire" is beautiful and keeps re-occuring in my head, a morose tale of self-doubt/redemption/rising from a depressing incident.Read more ›
There are many great tracks on this CD and well over 40 minutes of very good music. The problem is that this CD is over 65 minutes long, and you have to wade through the weaker material to get to the better stuff. In addition, most of the weaker material is near the front of the CD while the better stuff is at the end. The CD takes on whole new life if you play the tracks in reverse order.
Rusted Root is a band from Pittsburg. They formed in 1990 and released Cruel Sun in 1994 on an independent label. That same year, they got signed by a major label and whipped out the fantastic album When I Woke. When I Woke works so well, because it was basically recorded live in the studio, which fits Rusted Root's manic style. The making of Remember was more deliberate and the album was overproduced in spots. The whole thing is puzzling. It was produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) who was very good at minimalist production values on his Casual Gods.
Rusted Root's music is similar in style to Dave Matthews, only with higher energy and the songs tend to be faster and shorter. Rusted Root relies on a manic african-influence percussive beat and overlapping vocals. A similar band is Poi Dog Pondering from Austin.
This CD is best listened to all the way through from beginning to end. One song runs seemlessly into another. Although it's definitely modern rock, they draw on a wide variety of lyrics and melodies from different world music traditions that gives this album a gritty, primeval feel that is mesmerizing.
Most recent customer reviews
These days it's hard to find a band with true talent, unles you're into the pop band of hte week. Rusted Root incorporates a number of instruments and vocal talents to be what I... Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2002 by Erin Moore
Bongos and conga players everywhere unite. Another rusted root album which reflects the amazing talents of "When I Woke" the 2nd studio album of THE ROOT. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2001 by Bryan Palmer
A bit of a withdrawl from their past albums, however still a very good disk. "Remember" has a more Gaelic influence reminiscent of older Jetro Tull and departs a bit... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2001 by S N.
i "borrowed" this cd from a friend and made it a point to never get around to returning it. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 1999 by Erica Z (email@example.com)
Not the band's best effort, and you'll almost certainly want to program out "Virtual Reality." Get "When I Woke" first. Read morePublished on March 31 1999
Not the band's best effort, and you'll almost certainly want to program out "Virtual Reality." Get "When I Woke" first. Read morePublished on March 31 1999 by Jerry Kindall