After playing ten years and releasing one EP, a slew of singles, and one other long-play album (Stand Back Speak Normally), the Furtips created a new statement in their musical journey, When My Baby Smiles at Me, I Go to Rio. People close to the band's history will enjoy this fresh new taste of pristine pop and brilliant sonic overtones. Perhaps the production techniques and trickeries surrounding them are a weakness of this record. Still, with bravery and the perfect feel of romance at their lips and in their hearts, the Furtips perform a lush 15 songs in 36 minutes, following upon the innocence and nostalgic days of Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Fly Ashtray, and Trumans Water. Along with the likes of the aforementioned groups, the Furtips bring to the stage an off-kilter, obscure pop sound with a weird hint of jazz. This group provides a great sense of enthusiasm and fun to each open ear, with a youthful exuberance that is engrossing and insatiable. Certainly, this record provides immediacy in its delicacy and melodic and musical impact.
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AllMusic Review by Shawn M. Haney