Top critical review
A Mixed Bag
January 19, 2004
This record is difficult to review. Bran Van 3000 create interesting, original music, melting a lot of diverse styles in one album. "Glee" combines pop, hip hop, rock, electronica, country and easy listening (I probably forgot something), and as a whole is works as an unique, weird, flawed yet addictive effort. Each song here is quite different from one another, the band has male and female vocalists and at times there are some filler moments. When it`s good, it`s really good, like the lo-fi pop of "Problems", the absorbing "Rainshine" or the chaos presented in "Forest". "Old School", "Willard" and "Mama Don`t Smoke", however, would do better as b-sides.
"Glee" is an eclectic mix, a bit too long and pointless at parts but with enough moments of brilliance to make it a recommended debut of the late 90`s. 3,5 stars.