The self-titled Skutch is a four-song sampler that leaves a good bit to be desired, sad to say. "Sublime" isn't -- it's got tired, hackneyed lyrics. When they sing, "And I see you close to me," it is flinchingly predictable that "I reach out and set you free" will follow, and it does. Face it, guys -- this does not merit a triple repeat. That it gets it is exasperating. Then the song only has adequate instrumentals -- nothing to pull it up and save it. The result is simply lackadaisical, which is almost the title of another cut on this offering. "Lax-A-Dazical" does live to its name -- whether that's up or down is a matter of perspective. In sound, it's something like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, instrumentally. Despite the band's claim that they do not like to resemble other groups, their style is rather derivative. The material on this 2001 release was previously made available on another of their albums, the dubiously titled Sun Sex Sand and Charlie Chan. Unfortunately, other than Craig McGregor's violin playing on "Wasted Peace of Mind," this sampling has nothing particular to distinguish it. Skutch just keeps doing the generic bar-band sound. It's pleasant enough to hear while knocking back a few cold ones, and passing an evening, but that's about it. They've given better performances on other releases, and listeners are advised to try their other album Spinning Around in Jupiter before deciding to make a purchase.
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