Fever Tree

For Sale

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With every album Fever Tree made, their '60s psychedelia and customary folk-pop style wore off a little more, which is why their fifth and last album, For Sale, is their weakest. The slightest distinction that the group once had has disappeared completely, and their greatest asset comes in the way of Grant Johnson's rich organ work. Backup vocalists the Blackberries offer up a slight gospel tinge through two or three of the tracks, but even these short bursts of musical flavor aren't enough to release For Sale from its conventional domain. Vocalist Dennis Keller sounds like a cross between a young Neil Diamond and David Clayton-Thomas, which is most apparent on Arthur Lee's "She Comes in Colors" and on a passable attempt at covering Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You." The 13-minute "Hey Joe (Where You Gonna Go)" has its moments, but by this point the band has lost any novelty that was scarce in the first place. Any fans who are interested in investigating Fever Tree's catalog should stick to the first couple of albums, which sound noticeably fresher than their later efforts.

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