Scruffy the Cat

Moons of Jupiter

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Scruffy the Cat followed their highly enjoyable debut with Moons of Jupiter, which substitutes quantity for quality on 16 new songs. The band's crisp roots rock sound is intact, but the songs don't stick, and the album's kitschy "space age" theme seems like a half-baked attempt to find something -- anything -- to sing about. The album is easy on the ears, but the band was sliding by on pure, uninspired songcraft at this point, assembling superficially adequate songs with little substance. In places even the performances break down, as with the weak vocal on "Keith's Lament," and it came as no surprise when Scruffy the Cat disbanded afterwards.

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