An almost completely forgotten major label release by a band seemingly hell bent on messing up your iTunes info, "Album" by Song was the only effort by the group, notably including Mickey Rooney, Jr. and Rob Lewine of the psychedelic Illinois Speed Press. It was destined for the cutout bins, and as of January 2019 holds fewer than 150 total haves/wants combined on Discogs, which shows how forgotten it actually is. With a name of "Song" and a release called "Album" it's like they were asking for anonymity and in turn, a built-in obscurity. That would actually be a brilliant Dadaist anti-fame move on their part (had it been intentional).
And if so, they succeeded because there's not a whole lot to distinguish this band from contemporaries. The songs are fine, the playing is more than adequate (if not pretty tight overall), but there isn't a lot of meat on these bones. I even enjoy a couple tracks, particularly "Like We Were Before" which I could easily have mistaken for a British band of the era (the melodies are exceptional), as well as "Banana High Noon," and come to think of it, the cuts I like best here remind me a little bit of Audience or really any late 60's/very early 70's British Art Rock. "Sugar Lady" may be THE Song song, and it's one time they transcend their facelessness to get somewhere a little loftier. I'd call it their best song ever. "Medicine Man" is an all-too familiar jam closer, but it showcases Shelly Silverman's drumming, which is as top-notch as his Jew-fro.
I won't say this record is underrated (it's not), I won't say it's particularly interesting (it's not), and I won't say that it deserves more attention (it doesn't), but if you are hitting a wall of new stuff to check out and don't think any vintage out-of-the-way record exists that you haven't heard yet, give "Album" by Song a spin; it may surprise you.
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