Welcome to My Party
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Rusted Root ~ Welcome To My Party
Welcome to My Party is an apt invitation to the stirring, often festive songs that populate Rusted Root's fourth record. From the funky, joyful "Union 7," where the vocals of band founders Mike Glabicki and Liz Berlin intertwine and shine, to the lovely instrumentation of the title track to the reggae strains of "Women Got My Money," Rusted Root augment an already expansive musical palette. The multi-instrumentalist sextet fuse elements of Latin, African, Eastern, soul, rock, and traditional American music into an uplifting, intelligent, melodious whole. Discrete yet cohesive, the wonderful percussion and Middle Eastern vibe of "Artificial Winter," the bluesy Band-like ballad "Sweet Mary," and John Buynak's enchanting pennywhistle melodies on songs like "Too Much" make for an enjoyable journey. Although they've toured with the Grateful Dead and Santana and support environmental and social causes, Rusted Root are not a retro jam band or overly New Age-y. Rather, their timeless, well-crafted, and multidimensional tunes provide enriching ear candy for a stressed soul. --Katherine Turman
Top Customer Reviews
The slow songs suffer the most. Songs like "Cry" and "Sweet Mary" are just too slick to echo the haunting beauty of previous cuts like "Beautiful People" (from When I Woke) or "Where She Runs" (Cruel Sun). On the other hand, the funk infusion on more upbeat tracks like the opener, "Union 7," and others like "Women Got My Money" and "Weave" is a refreshing new direction for the band. And unlike some of the purists out there, I did enjoy Root's foray into borderline electronica with "People Of My Village." (It certainly fits this album more than it would any others.) Change isn't necessarily bad, but I can bet all of these tracks would be much better in concert, not in the studio.
This is a great album by a fun, talented band at the top of their game.
My dream concert would be at DB's in New Orleans where Poi Dog Pondering opens with a forty-five minute set, followed by an hour of Guster, and then Rusted Root jams until the wee hours of the morning.
This album isn't good by any standard. It's sad when the best song on your fifth album is a song done better on your first. The Album starts well enough, but gets increasingly plagued by songs that don't click. And after I thought it couldn't get worse than "My Hands are Law", The album closes with a very trendy sounding techno/dance number that just shows why this band shouldn't have made a comeback. When I heard Root was experimenting with electronics and a keyboardist, I had hoped for something a little more challenging and headier than techno. I listen to bands like Root because theres to much shallow pop dance music out there, with the computer laying the grooves. Having Root put this album out, especially with our shortage of quality art, is inecusable. I fear we've lost a good band to the machine. Anyway, If you're looking for good music this really isn't the place, unless the idea of root doing techno appeals to you.
Soon, all albums will be credited to one artist- The Computer
Most recent customer reviews
For those of you who think this is RR's worst release, what about "Remember"? Yes, this CD is multilayered, but they all are. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Nicholas Berry
This is my least favorite RR album. The raw natural acoustics which was their signature is no where to be found on this album. Read morePublished on June 12 2003
"Welcome to my party" is an amazing collection a songs by one of the most underrated bands of our generation. Read morePublished on May 6 2003 by Michael J. Torocsik
I am a big Rusted Root fan and have been for several years, but I was left disappointed with this effort from the group. The umph was missing in this disc. Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by Rabbi Jason Miller
Now I had not heard of this band until a week ago where I previewed the CD... I bought the CD hoping it was as good as the preview. I wasn't dissappointed. Read morePublished on June 19 2002 by John ODonald
This CD is much better than their last release (self-titled released around 1998). The return of Jenn Wertz definitely adds a creative edge. It's worth the purchase.Published on June 1 2002 by D. Renkey
lacks emotion and is overproduced. The earthy tribal percussions take a backseat to the ever growing world of programming... Read morePublished on May 20 2002
If you liked the old Rusted Root with Jenn Wertz and the first two albums then this is a must purchase for you! Read morePublished on May 19 2002 by Bradley P.
My first RR cd, "When I Woke", is still the only one I've never gotten tired of. As a fan who was pretty disappointed in "Remember", I couldn't be happier with... Read morePublished on May 18 2002