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Pick of the Day - 9/15/98

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

The Boston band Jim's Big Ego is one of those rare groups that can cross musical boundaries in new, unique and bizarre ways. Led by bald beatsinger Jim Infantino, this trio doesn't take themselves too seriously. Maybe this is why their takes on the human condition are both fresh, honest, dead on and just damn interesting. The music seems to have it's basis in the singer/songwriter tradition, but that's just too limiting. This is most apparent when the band throws in theremins and samples along with (gasp) an electric guitar. Songs like "Ahead Of The Curve" and "Cheat To Lose" are great, catchy ditties but others like "I Like To Watch" have great lyrics that just don't quite work as a song. The best example of Jim's humor is how he combines Simon & Garfunkel's "Feelin' Groovy" with the rap classic "La Di Da Di" with a seamless transition. This is certainly a different kind of music in a non-abrasive sort of way and, with Jim's funny takes on people, a musical disc that can keep you smiling.

RATING: 8 (out of 10)