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Friday, March 3, 2000
Carnival CD review
Life is a carnival, they say, but if BETTYs new album proves one thing, its that the best carnivals are bigger than life. With a Felliniesque flair for combining the surreal and the everyday, the women of BETTY have created their own theatrical freak n funk show, and though it only runs for half an hour, its a tent town full of fun.
Of course, some of the fun has its dark side. On the spoken word track Pins and Needles, for example, a tale of surprise and heartbreak slowly unfolds until the moral of the story finally hits home: sometimes love cant hold a candle to a brand new bike. And speaking of failed romance, another song, Heartache, should serve as a warning to anyone with a habit of misspeaking from ever asking their pharmacist to prescribe a remedy for a broken heart. As it turns out, Wishing Well, easily the albums most poignant song, suggests that the best cure doesnt cost a thing.
Even so, the biggest draws in BETTYs carny town are Millennium Man and Jungle Jane, characters who are truly larger than life, and the funk-rock tracks that set them into engaging motion. So go ahead. Take the barker at his word, and step right up.
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