Wake Ooloo

Stop the Ride

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Just as the Feelies slowly dropped their indie indiosyncracies and drifted into a sadly mainstream pop sound, so goes Glen Mercer's Wake Ooloo -- Stop the Ride may be more polished than the band's previous releases, but this polish lends to the development of a homey jangle that's in danger of bordering on the rustic end of bad radio fare. As unfortunate as it is to use Tom Petty's early albums as a reference to a post-Feelies project, the comparison is oddly accurate -- anyone who's familiar with the Feelies will most probably want to put down Stop the Ride with a little sigh and turn back to Crazy Rhythms, the piece of absolute brilliance that none of the Feelies' later work can seem to rival.

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