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Great album - but loses it's lounge-appeal
on 6 January 2000
Most people who have seen the Fun Lovin Criminals will agree that Huey is the coolest (white) man in the world. The band themselves are at their best as a lounging soundtrack, music for relaxing with friends, drinking martinis and smoking cigars to. With this in mind the thought of a FLC album containing nothing but schmooze versions of their songs and loungey covers was a terrific prospect that had me in front of the mirror perfecting my New York accent in anticipation.
Mimosa has some great songs on it, the highlights being new-but-already-becoming-classic 'Couldn't Get it Right', the fantastic version of 'Scooby Snacks', and the superb 'I Can't Get With That'. All are brilliant tracks and ideal for background music as you chill out. The one problem is that it doesn't seem to all fit together as an album.
Since producing a record as cool as Come Find Yourself, FLC haven't made an album that fits together as it should. The songs just don't flow as well as on their first CD, or in their live set. All their tracks are worth listening to, but it seems the band define a sound then move away in tempo or style. This sounds fine in theory, but doesn't work for them (I don't know why, it just doesn't). When I buy a FLC album it's to reach a comatose level of relaxation and Mimosa doesn't quite let me do that.
If you are a fan or buying the album for the individual songs then go ahead, you won't be disappointed. If however you are looking for a 'complete' album, or a smooth lounging soundtrack, make sure you have their first album, Come Find Yourself, first.
That aside it is a fantastic version of 'Scooby Snacks'...