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Fusi Pumper Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The way this self-proclaimed "crazy chick" belts out tunes that declare how uncool she is reminds me of the way Jennifer Love Hewitt for awhile seemed to slip into every interview the fact that she was "so normal", and how she thought of herself as "sort of fat" and "really just plain and boring looking". In the case of Pi, who's debut was released by Fusi Pumper Records, the uncool claim may be true, but the way it's flaunted and showcased, with shiny production and clean soul-pop, grooves, well, it just falls flat.

Irrational is a very nice album. A nice album, what your mom would call nice, if she grew up in the 60's and thought that Floyd and Hendrix were a bit too "far out". What's really ironic (of course, in a completely unintentional way) is how Pi describes herself as a "product of a whacked-out hippie childhood", who's mom took her to more "drum circles than movies or Disneyland". From these songs, you'd never really catch that vibe. One of the songs on this album is called "Happyland", another is called "The Rules", another (one of the few that isn't too bad), is called "Pretty Good For A Girl" (which goes something like...."Wait let me guess now what you like/ is a shy little girl that acts real nice/ tell me again what I get from this/ some beer belly slob with a sorry hoofed(?) wit/ I get the drift everywhere I see/ just smile and look pretty and cross your knees"). Apparently, the producer, Pfilbryte, also worked on Kool Kieth's Dr. Octagon, and, well it shows, and the production might be the best thing about this recording, overall. That's not to say that Pi can't sing, because she can, and she can play her instruments too (for instance the bass lines on "Pretty good for a girl" are real good), it's just that everything is just so, well, nice and clean, and perfectly in place, to the point of mind numbing redundancy and utter boredom. You can pretty much call out the chord changes before they happen on most of these songs, if you catch my drift, but hey, if you're looking for a third rate Britney Spears, or Natalie Imbruglio, you might want to be completely irrational and pick up a copy of Irrational.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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