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Podcast Episode
Season
Ten
number
480
Type
Roundtable
Post Date
3/24/2020

Dada

480 Sophomore Slump Revisited - American Highway Flower by dada

American Highway Flower

Label
I.R.S. Records
Release year
1994
Producer
Jason Corsaro, Dada

Dada's 1994 sophomore album American Highway Flower didn't score a hit single like Dizz Knee Land on their debut, is it worth checking out?

As we have learned in our Sophomore Slump Revisited roundtable series, there are many factors and circumstances that can sink a band's second album, especially when coming off a hit single. In the case of Dada and their 1994 release American Highway Flower, the lack of an obvious radio single to match Dizz Knee Land off their debut is a fair consideration. Rather than repeat a formula, the skilled trio of singer-guitarist Michael Gurley, singer-bassist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt pushed the band in a variety of directions while maintaining a more consistent sound than their first release. But pushing the envelope doesn't always result in a match with the cultural trends, and while the band flexes their muscle with harmonious power-pop and '60s psychedelic flourishes while unafraid to get extra noisy or delicately hushed. They may not have scored a Top 5 single or moved a million units with American Highway Flower, but that doesn't mean this sophomore release qualifies as a slump.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - All I Am
  • 13:11 - Feet To The Sun
  • 17:22 - Feel Me Don't You
  • 23:00 - Real Soon
  • 30:35 - S.F. Bar '63
  • Outro - Pretty Girls Make Graves

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