October 03, 2018

Crash Test Dummies - A Worm's Life (1996) ☠

Country: Canada
Language: English
Genre: Alternative Rock, Folk Rock
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☠: Selected by Lass
© 1996 Artista Records
AllMusic Review by Darryl Cater
Among the slew of quirk-rock bands which achieved Billboard success during the absurdist invasion of the '90s, Crash Test Dummies were perhaps the least likely. Their 1993 breakthrough single, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm," cracked the usually straitlaced adult contemporary scene by concealing its affable oddness in an irresistibly lilting fairytale hook. But having accomplished the improbable transition from obscure Canadian folk band to ubiquitous pop phenomenon, the task of producing a convincing follow-up somehow proved an insurmountable challenge. Released in 1996, A Worm's Life finds singer-songwriter Brad Roberts rummaging through his repetroire in a futile search for a new idea. His glossy pop hooks seem to run over and over again into tunes he's already written. When Roberts isn't doing that routine, he's trying in vain to fit wordy lyrics into memorable melodies. The uninspired guitar-driven production (which has now left the band's folk roots behind altogether) doesn't help matters. Fortunately, even on a bad day, Roberts' amusingly eccentric lyrics are more interesting than those of most of his fellow quirk-rockers. The album ages well upon repeated listens, largely thanks to his odd, XTC-esque observations on everyday mundanities and philosophical problems.

tags: crash test dummies, a worms life, 1996, flac,

7 comments:

  1. More of CTD, Lass... please?

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    1. Matthew baby, I do have some more their albums on CD. Just be patient.

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  2. Lass, you are such a nice moderator...kudos to you for being a warm human being when others in your position have often tended to be the opposite...cheers!

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    1. 😊 Thank you. The boy themselves are great people as well. It's only when certain visitors refuse to follow the rules or don't read the disclaimers and the other information that we have provided for them that the "ugly" in them comes out.

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  3. hello hello, thank you for all the Crash Test Dummies you've posted! it looks like this album's FLAC link is down, if you could re-up it when you get a chance i would appreciate it!

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    1. The FLAC link has been updated.

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    2. thanks for the re-up!

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