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Welcome to my party Rusted Root
'Welcome to my Party'
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    The Year is 1994. I am a freshman in high school and a buddy comes up and gives me a CD to check out. When I Woke by Rusted Root?? Who/What in the hell is that? So I go home and give it a listen. Seconds after I hit play, my room erupts with the sound of the wicked "Drum Trip." Not knowing what hit me, "Ecstasy" to "Send Me on the Way." Damn that CD was/is great.

    Rusted Root burst onto the scene with their major label debut When I Woke. With their tribal beats running throughout all the songs, Root brought a unique sound to the starting-to-burn grunge era. But before the recording of the follow up, original member Jenn Wertz left the band. Undaunted, Remember hit the shelves in 1996 but didn't do to well commercially…at least compared to When I Woke. Where was the "Ecstasy"/"Send Me On My Way"-type hit single many critics wondered.

    Thing was, I loved this CD…with it containing two of my favorite Root songs, "Sister Contine" and "Bullets In The Fire." In 1998, Rusted Root hit the shelves with a little less impact then Remember. It was not a bad disc…but something was now missing. It was as if the band was no longer into what they were doing. Then it happened…word leaked out that the band was taking a break and doing solo projects for a while. It really looked like the end of a band that had become one of my favorites.

    So no one was more surprised than I, when Rusted Root was slotted to play the Landmark Theater in Syracuse, NY in October 2000. So we go to the show, only to see Jenn Wertz was back with the band. How the hell did that happen? The band was tighter than ever.

   So now fast forward to 2002, and the first Rusted Root studio album in 4 years is hitting the shelves. Lets get this out of the way now. I loved Welcome to my Party. Next to Remember, it could be my favorite Rusted Root CD. You can never top When I Woke, but as a whole, this CD is much better…and looks to put Rusted Root back into the spotlight. This is a much different band than the one from 1994, an older and wiser band. Sure, the extended drum jams are missing from the CD but the songwriting/musicianship is the tightest it has ever been, as the disc is brimming with highlights.

    While "Union 7" opens the disc, "Welcome to my Party" is the song that gets you into the disc. A noticeable trend on the disc is lead singer Michael Glabicki's willingness to step away from lead vocals, a trend started with "Moon," sung by Liz Berlin on 1998's Rusted Root. Welcome to my Party is no different; as it features the haunting "Blue Diamond," a duet with Glabicki and Berlin, "Weave" which features Glabicki, Wertz, and Berlin, and "Too Much" another Glabicki/Berlin combo.

    Highlights on the disc include, "Welcome To My Party," Blue Diamond," "Too Much," "Sweet Mary," "Hands Are Law," and "Why Cry"…with "Welcome," "Too Much," and the soulful "Why Cry"" being my favorites. The disappointments on the disc were not many but somewhat significant. Rusted Root CDs always opened very strong so "Union 7" was a disappointment, especially with stronger openers on the disc. No matter how much I tried, I just could never get into "Weave." The only other noticeable disappointment was as the woman came to the fore front with Glabicki, other members Jim Donovan, John Buynak, and Patrick Norman seemed to fall more into the background. While this may just be my idiotic opinion, it is a great "Dead"-like trend to have all the members starting to take the spotlight at some point. This is a great disc and should be picked up…no doubt about it. No matter how jaded I was after a four year wait (sadly I am a Van Halen fan so who knows how freakin' long I will have to wait for that one), I really enjoyed the disc and it is since been a constant in my disc player.

 


1. Union 7
2. Welcome to my Party
3. Women got my Money
4. Blue Diamonds
5. Weave
6. Artificial Winter
7. Too Much
8. Sweet Mary
9. Hands Are Law
10. Why Cry
11. People of My Village