To the Moon Alice

3 Feet to Infinity

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This 1997 EP was the first - and last - release by To the Moon Alice, who were subsequently dropped in the Universal Music merger. Their eclecticism could have been one of the reasons To the Moon never got wide radio support, or why Interscope decided to abandon them in the end. How do you sell a band that combines elements of Edie Brickell, Mazzy Star, Four Non-Blondes, and Blues Traveler? It makes the good-natured combo a fan's dream, but possibly the nightmare of a pigeon-hole obsessed record industry. Musically, "Wind Chimes" is the album's standout. Guided by an understated guest appearance from Blues Traveler harmonica whiz John Popper, it's the kind of hooky, rootsy affair that could have been a nice little single, or at least the kicker to side one of a sweet back-to-school mix tape. Fleshed out by two live tracks, 3 Feet to Infinity is a solid introductory effort, which makes To the Moon Alice's demise at the hands of record company chicanery doubly disappointing.

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