What a wonderful moniker is Yahoo Serious! Judge and jester side by side; a man of lair
and letters. Here, we find him, even in sound producer mode, demonstrating his keen sense
of outlandish juxtaposition. Not only does he follow the dreamy poetry of Moon River with
three minutes of horrendous thrash posing as a song (Kid Indestructible), but segues to it
with the following excerpt of dialogue: "Prepare yourself, what we are about to
witness may be too complex for the human mind to comprehend." You must be joking, Mr
Serious! And no doubt he is.
But Moon River alone is not enough to carry this CD, nor is three minutes of trash
enough to sink it.
Exploring either side of the lunar waterway, we find a collection of tunes cloaked
heavily in chic. But a word of warning: if itís upliftment you seek, youíll
almost certainly be left grounded. Iíve never heard so many tracks that start full of
potential and go nowhere allegro non troppo.
Arrowís calypso groove opens the record with a pungently funky bass and guitar
figure. The steam is rising, but evaporates upon reaching the gimmicky chorus: Hot, Hot, Hot; believe me, it Ainít Ainít Ainít.
The Cruel Sea continue the Caribbean influence with a hypnotic reggae pulse, Cubanismo
and Luciano Alves dip their percussion in the exotic pond of world music and Luxedo
delivers a barroom blues called Godfather of Cool. And indeed, this soundtrack offers a
multiple serving of stylish riffs and rhythms marinated in cool. But itís still
frustrating when so much fine musicianship is constantly coasting instead of craving.
Even the orchestral compositions of Nerida Tyson-Chew are pleasant rather than
startling. These cues are performed by the Victorian Philharmonic and veer between mock
comic operetta and lush ambience.
Thereís a lot of music to chill to on this CD; but little that sends chills up the