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Headless Household — Inside / Outside USA
((Not on label) no#, 1994, CD)

by Rob Walker, Published 1995-11-01

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A quartet from Santa Barbara, CA, Headless Household have been together for over a decade, and released their first, self titled, album in 1987. Inside / Outside USA finds them teeming up with several guest vocalists, including Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, on 14 tracks of eclectic and moody mellow jazz and fusion. Ten of the tracks are instrumentals, and explore a variety of jazz atmospheres with occasional help from some horn players. The band members, playing guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums, are all solid musicians, but the strength of this album lies mainly in its variety – the songs each explore different shades of jazz, from light, dreamy vocal pieces to comedic musical jabs at James Brown and surf music, to somewhat more upbeat and eclectic fusion. For those into the mellower side of electric jazz Inside / Outside USA should prove to be an interesting and enjoyable listen, though not an essential release.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 8, 1994 releases

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