Don’t Put All Your Eggs in In One Basketcase is the recent release by Elliot Schneider. Frank Zappa came to mind when I saw the album cover but when I heard his music The Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello were a couple of names that surfaced.
Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basketcase is definitely influenced by ’60s rock more than anything else. I’m willing to bet that's the music Schneider grew up on as it seems to spew in some way from all the songs.
He opens with “The Moon Has Flown Away” which is a well-crafted song that was well delivered. It’s atmospheric but also is full of catchy hooks. I was impressed and will say the remainder of the album has a number of equally impressive songs.
“Diehard Killjoy” is a more straightforward rock song with some slight blues influence while “Lost on the Radio” is a psychedelic, infectious song with a killer guitar solo. He continues to ride an atmospheric yet rocking vibe on a number of songs. A highlight to my ears was “Are We Only Dinosaurs?”
Another you don't want to miss is “Overruling Neo-Fascists” which has some clicking percussion elements and harmonica that make the song a standout. The last six songs were either demo or rehearsals. I thought the recording quality was solid but some of the songs felt a little out of place aesthetically from the previous songs.
Schneider isn't exactly reinventing this style of music. It felt more like more an homage to a number of inspirational artists for the ’60s with original songwriting. I felt like the delivery was there and the songs were well written.
Don’t Put All Your Eggs in In One Basketcase is an album that will fit nicely alongside some of my favorite rock bands from the ’60s.
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