In 2001, California's Refrigerator returned from a two-year hiatus with another album of minimalist lo-fi rock, Comedy Minus One. Allen Callaci's offbeat voice remains the band's strongest asset. The band has certainly quieted down since its debut, How You Continue Dreaming. The acoustic-based "Never Nowhere" is a calm, around-the-campfire type of song, as is much of the album. The pace picks up slightly on "Freeway Close," led by Chris Jones on piano. The organ on "Twilight Show" creates a subdued feeling, combined with Allen Callaci's restrained vocals. The aura returns to an upbeat sense with "Open Fan Mail," with Dennis Callaci returning to the vocal chair. The slide guitar on "Little Red Riding Hood" is a different sound for the band, yet it somehow sounds natural. "Retire the Ghost" closes the album, and is appropriately haunting and reserved. Bassist Daniel Brodo keeps a steady hand throughout the album, rhythmically holding all of the pieces together. The album was produced by Steve Foita, and includes guest appearances by Foita and Emily Marsh.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Cramer