Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Sun Sawed in 1/2 - Bewilderbeest - 2000

St. Louis' Sun Sawed in 1/2 made a major departure from their flexible, inventive power pop on Bewilderbeest. Recorded partially in the Ukraine, Bewilderbeest tries to make world music a palatable influence in power pop; of the disc's 14 tracks, three are world music-styled instrumental tracks. The remaining tracks sound heavily influenced by Eastern European rhythms and music, and it makes Bewilderbeest an admirable and ambitious affair. The album's highlights include "Kiss Her Like You Mean It," an excellent up-tempo rocker that sounds like a lost Jellyfish classic, the moving ballad "Shining Knight," and Ken Kase's "Song No. 11." While it's not quite as solid of an album as the defining Fizzy Lift, the ambition alone of this album makes it a worthwhile listen for both fans and the curious. -AMG