The Pooh Sticks

Cool in a Crisis

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Cool in a Crisis Review

by Tim Sendra

In a break with tradition, the Pooh Sticks only released one single for their final album, Optimistic Fool. Their career was about to become a footnote at best in pop history, but you couldn't tell it from the music. They sound just as joyous and full of rock & roll fun as ever, and this single is an essential item for Pooh Sticks fans to hunt down. The good-natured and hook-filled "Cool in a Crisis" is one of the highlights of the album. "When the Night Falls" is a reworking of a tune that first appeared on 1991's Multiple Orgasm, a successful reworking that keeps the rambunctious feel of the earlier recording and adds some oomph in all the right spots. "She's the One" is one of the Sticks' trademark lengthy guitar jams. It would have sounded perfect on Optimistic Fool. They probably left it off for fear that their albums were becoming predictable. All they did was turn it into a lesser album because "She's the One" is a great song with a solo that would make Gary Richrath proud. As a swan song, it is fitting.

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