The Sun Sawed in 1/2

The Happiness and Other Short Stories

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The Sun Sawed in 1/2's 1992 debut EP is a bit of a lackluster affair: The songs never manage to develop a great hook or ignite into rockers. Musically, it's mildly influenced by Steely Dan-style guitar noodling, but the band doesn't quite have the musical skills to pull it off. What results, then, is seven uneven tracks that show an excellent band in a stage long before they were really ready to record. That assessment may be harsh, but it's accurate in part -- what the band would accomplish later was so far superior that this seems even more slight. It's also sonically so far away from records like Mind Flip, Fizzy Lift, and Bewilderbeest that it's for serious fans only; the interest of casual fans would not be held by this minor release. (In later issues of the excellent Mind Flip, this EP was tacked onto the album as a bonus. That's by far the best way to acquire it, as it is not only extremely rare but not very strong as a standalone release.)

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