Album Review: The Coma Savants by The Coma Savants

Album Name: The Coma Savants
Artist: The Coma Savants
Year/Label: 2002 / Uvilittle Records

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

…and now for something completely different!

A recent review said, “[The Coma Savants] could gig as the house band on the Island of Misfit Toys…”

I would say that is a very appropriate description. The CD begins with the title song, “Coma Savant” where lead, Stephanie Rearick sings backwards. It just gets odder with every track. Odd in a good way, that is.

The word that comes to mind when listening to this recording is “carnival”. The whole CD is a carnival ride. There is also a song called “Ferris Wheel”, though it’s not about Ferris wheels as much but rather about growing up…I think. I must admit Stephanie’s brain is hooked up a little differently than mine. Here’s a lyric sample from “Ferris Wheel”:

You were leaving soon
and we had all the time in the world
making futures in the woods
sleeping by the highway-side
drawing phanties and their toothaloops

Many of these songs have a decidedly cabaret-style sound to them. Not least of which is, “Uncle Runkle” which is a very cool track.

“Eating Machine” is a great song about consumerism…again, I think:

Give us this day
our daily roast beast
Add in some yams
and some pickled goats’ feet


Yeah, we want it all and we can take it, now
if you don’t play ball
you better watch yourself things might get different any day
Eating machine
You’re what’s for dinner

If you’re looking for something fun, silly, cool and out of the norm, this is a good choice for you.

Posted on April 19, 2002

Track Listing
1. Coma Savant
2. Bloan
3. Theme from ‘Jesus’
4. Uncle Runkle
5. Baker St.
6. Ferris Wheel
7. Tea In The Park
8. Eating Machine
9. Dancer
10. Cardboard Coffin
11. Indian Summer
12. Charlie

[The Coma Savants Official Site]


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