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Silver Scooter
Orleans Parish

Rating: NR/10 ?

February 4, 1999
When I got this record I immediately thought about just giving it away or passing it on to someone else to review. I'm not such a Silver Scooter fan, you see. Sure, I really dug that song they had on the Crank! compilation a few years ago, but the rest of their stuff was just way to bubblegum indieemopop to bear. And then there was that one Cursive record they took up half of ...

Orleans Parish isn't like what I had heard before from Silver Scooter. Indeed, it is a far cry from the jumpy pop sounds of The Other Palm Springs. This time around I actually thought these guys had some solid musicianship going, whereas before I couldn't help thinking that these guys just wanted to be in a band.

The opener is "Tribute to Phone Calls" which caught me right away as overly clever. It's a love song, as most Silver Scooter (somebody say "emo" ?) songs seem to be, but there is an aire of ... I don't know how to explain it other than to say maturity. Everything from the winding guitar to Garred's voice seems to have more warmth and season to it than before. Most of the songs follow in this fashion, seeming to feel more like an old leather hand-me-down jacket than the Polyester windbreaker I had come to consider Silver Scooter. Overall there is a much thicker, more overcast feel to this record than their previous efforts. No, it's not a Castor sound, but it is certainly more richer than their other stuff, which all sounded like it was recorded in a garage with the whole band playing through one 10" speaker. The only low points are a few of the songs that backslide to the pop stylings that rub me the wrong way; songs like "So Long" and "Morning View."

I'm not a Scooter-head yet, but if these Texans continue to improve and develop a sound with some originality, I just might have to keep their next record. Besides, their initials are "SS" and that is pretty cool. (Super Sport, not Hitler's Storm Troopers)

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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