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FUBAR: Suddenly

 

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Or maybe the title is meant to be ironic. For those of us who've been hearing FUBAR in its sporadic local performances for years, band organizer Randy Tessier's continued assurances that the group would soon release a CD began to sound like a running gag.

A better title would have been At Last. But then you would have expected to hear Sophia Hanifi soulfully crooning the Etta James ballad of that name. Alas, that's one of many excellent FUBAR covers missing from Suddenly (along with favorites from Jackie Wilson and the Byrds).

However, you can't blame a group this talented for using ten of the disc's generous seventeen tracks on original material - especially not when those selections include Hanifi's soul-searching anthem "The Great Divide," guitar genius Tessier's lovesick rocker "Resignation," and keyboardist Andy Adamson's rousing, optimistic "You and I."

I can't complain. After all, while FUBAR covers one Bob Dylan ("It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"), one Carole King / Gerry Goffin (the tart "Oh No Not My Baby"), and one Ray Davies ("Dead End Street"), FUBAR finds room for two tunes by Love, the great obscure 1960s group whose work I admire and whose challenging songs are rarely attempted.

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