Mouthfuls - Fruit Bats
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  • Summary: Yet another experimental indie band to arise out of the Chicago scene, the Fruit Bats are the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Eric Johnson, who has played with Ugly Casanova, I Rowboat, and Califone. On this second Fruit Bats LP, he is joined by Gillian Lisee and producer Brian Deck. Expand
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  1. Lyricist [Eric] Johnson's faculties for observation are what turn sonic pleasantries into vehicles of magic and myth.
  2. A stunning bit of psychedelic folk-rock.
  3. An album of pristine folk-pop backed by whispery wall-of-sound back-up vocals, crisp guitar figures, and some of the best pop songwriting this side of the Shins.
  4. You can pinpoint a little Beach Boys here, some Nick Drake there and a bit of Sunshine Fix in-between, but the Fruit Bats sound like the Fruit Bats.
  5. A collection of delicate love songs with a back-porch feel, but the electronic warbles add enough texture for a new generation of stoners to space out on. [June 2003, p.96]
  6. Beautiful, sparkling folk-pop reminiscent of Velvet Underground's Loaded era, but with distinctive swooning melodies.
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    With its plumb-pretty songs, Mouthfuls will be part of the Smithsonian's year 3000 exhibit on white people. [#59, p.95]

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  1. MikeF
    Apr 30, 2003
    9
    This may be my favorite cd of the year. I've been falling asleep to it ( a good thing) every night for the past week. Great vox and lyrics.
  2. thomasm
    Oct 6, 2003
    9
    I saw the show first, and found Fruit Bats totally enchanting. I was amazed that they could make themselves so vulnerable and emerge with my full respect. Johnson's big, open, pleasantly metallic voice is the key. The instrumentation, the burden of which the two principals share evenly, well varied throughout their show/album. The crisp and simple production value is easy for me to visualize geometrically, if you dig. I like that they seem to tease you with the refrain payoff by sticking it in the second verse, as in the song about killing swans--the name escapes me. Great lyrics--Union Blanket is a good on for that, with its spilt rivers and such. Anyway, I bought the album the next day, and it has become the new St. Thomas: I'm Coming Home--wonderful drunk music. Wait--great waking up music, too. Expand
  3. TimS
    Nov 23, 2003
    9
    I was very impressed with this album. If you are sick of everything else that is coming out, you should try this, it is great!
  4. KM
    Apr 24, 2003
    6
    CD is good, the live show was very boring.