Monday, January 7, 2013


YEAR:  1993
LABEL:  Arista
TRACK LISTING:  God Shuffled His Feet,  Afternoons & Coffeespoons,  Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm,  In the Days of the Caveman,  Swimming In Your Ocean,  Here I Stand Before Me,  I Think I'll Disappear Now,  How Does A Duck Know,  When I Go Out With Artists,  The Psychic,  Two Knights and Maidens,  Crash Course
IMPRESSIONS:  Crash Test Dummies usually get dismissed as a 90s one-hit-wonder which is hilarious since they had several hits in the early 90s.  I think the major problem with the public conception of this band is that the sound of lead singer Brad Roberts is very distinctive and can tend to make the songs sound very similar.  In fact, while there are some really excellent songs on this album, there are also a few songs that (songwriting-wise) sound very much like a few OTHER songs on the album.  Be that as it may, the good songs here are really excellent and make the album very worthwhile.  My favourite song on the album is without doubt "Afternoons & Coffeespoons" which manages to reference T.S. Eliot (directly and with the quote that gives the song its title).  The title track and "Two Knights and Maidens" are also stand-outs.  The hit single "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" has always left me cold.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS:  God Shuffled His Feet,  Afternoons & Coffeespoons,  Swimming In Your Ocean,  How Does A Duck Know?, Two Knights and Maidens, Crash Course
GUEST ARTISTS:  Adrian Belew (synthesized guitars on "God Shuffled His Feet")
FACT SHEET:  GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET is Crash Test Dummies' second album.  The cover features the painting "Bacchus and Ariadne" by Titian with the band's faces superimposed over the figures.  The album reached triple platinum status and was number one in New Zealand and Austria.  It reached the top ten on the Billboard album chart but only reached #17 in the band's native Canada.            

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