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Welcome To My Party

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  • Audio CD (April 16 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000063VFF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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1. Union 7
2. Welcome To My Party
3. Women Got My Money
4. Blue Diamonds
5. Weave
6. Artificial Winter
7. Too Much
8. Sweet Mary
9. Hands Are Law
10. Cry
11. People Of My Village

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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

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The Dave Matthews Band-ification of Rusted Root continues. As mentioned on previous reviews, this album is over-produced, and the intense percussive sequences and the general unpredictability and lovably raw flavor of the band's previous albums is gone. These songs are tight, refined radio tracks, and while that's not necessarily bad, "Welcome To My Party" just doesn't convey the emotional connection of previous albums to me.
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.
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I suppose i have seen this coming- the final switch from a small, caring record label onto one with several hundred clients, forcing Rusted Root to "modernize" and change there tone. While old Root fans will find none to very few similarities in style to any of the other albums, new(er) fans might enjoy this mostly upbeat, funk-infused tribal rock. I have been a fan since the very beginning, I even have one of the original ignition records copies of Cruel Sun. (not for sale) This record sounded quite different at first, but once i played it through a few times, it definately clicked. Artificial Winter was better on Cruel Sun, though it is not done badly here. The band choses to open with Union 7, a funky cool summer-like song with upbeat lyrics and instruments. After, Welcome to my pary followed by Women got my money and Blue diamonds go down a few notches, but the mood is eventually caught and kicked back into high gear with weave. Jenn Wertz's voice is incredible, it's a wonder she's never had any solo songs before this. Articifical winter, as i said, is not bad, but was better on cruel sun, when it had a much more primeval, uncut feeling to it. Too Much is fun, simply, and we finally see that Liz Berlin can sing without wailing background vocals. (yes, i know she sung on Moon on Rusted Root, but ignoring that for the moment) Sweet mary takes us down into the recesses of Giblaki's dark moods, but all of a sudden Hands are Law comes right back up again. Cry does the same thing as Sweet Mary, and serves to calm us down before we hear the final song- People of my village. Whatever happened on this song, i really don't know.Read more ›
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Rusted Root is a great band and Welcome to my Party has the band at its best. The title song and the gorgeous Blue Diamonds are as good as it gets. It's amazing that a collection of gimmicky, noise-laden grating pop songs sung on Wilco's over rated and hyped CD, Yankee Foxtrot Hotel or Hotel Foxtrot, whatever, garners all the accolades and comparisons to the Beatles and Cobain, etc. and a supremely more talented and pop-driven band like Rusted Root, with their quirky lead singer(he sounds like a deep-voiced nervous accountant trying to sing Led Zeppelin songs in the shower) and sensual, totally complimentary female vocalists wrapped into funky electric, lush acoustic guitars and rhythms, get very little press. (I did see them on the Today Show though and the comical hostess shoved a microphone into Glabicki's face and asked him who his major influence is. It obviously caught him off guard. He stammered for awhile and then blurted out that he's been listening to a lot of Neil Young. It was funny.)
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.
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Are they trying to sell out? Ride the wave of the Disco Biscuits? What is this band doing?
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
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