28 May 2016

JUICY Olive Juicy 1996

by request
Thanks to Justin

AllMusic Review by

On the band's second and final album, New York's Juicy followed up its debut, For the Ladies, without guitarist Lisa Marafioti, who left the group soon after that first album. Kendall Meade leads the way on vocals and guitar on the disc's opener, "Plywood," a brief yet catchy start to the album. "Detroit Skies" is a disarming and enchanting ode to a lost lover, while the jangly and focused "Shredded" adds a charming interlude to the mix. Bassist Jen Levin and drummer Meggean Ward remain the backbone of the band, while Meade marched on as the voice of Juicy's final effort. "Sourheart" is quite possibly the band's most heart-wrenching song ever, and "(Sometimes I) Smoke" is a lighthearted and energetic track. The group's allure rested in its simplicity and universal themes. A summery cover of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer" and the impassioned "Mainland China" close out the disc, and finished the band's recording career. Produced by Wharton Tiers, Olive Juicy was released on Slow River Records in 1996. Juicy disbanded soon after. 

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