Review - Big Day

Artist: The Bandees

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Big Day
Label: 2000 SLDees Music
Media: CD
Format: Album
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Edgewater, Fla., may not be known as the home of Brit pop or new wave, but it will be if the Bandees keep it up. "Big Day" is the band's second album of Euro pop that is as catchy as it is unexpected. Founder Stephen Dees has played with Todd Rundgren and Hall & Oates, and he continues to expertly mine the best of the '80s.

There's the conga- and organ-driven fun of the title track, and the reggae rock of "Turn Around" and "Slow Fade" that would make the Police proud. From the Rockpile-style country-pop of "Kids Go Out and Play" and "Working for My Car" to Dees' dead-on Bowie vocals on the album's best tune "That's What the Big Man Said!" the band can slip into a familiar musical style while still sounding fresh.

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