The multifaceted musicianship of this wide-ranging group makes it seem one step away from stardom — or breakup. It's potentially intoxicating, and first-time listeners might fall in love with this CD. To this FUBAR groupie, though, the band feels a bit hemmed in, toned down, and smoothed out in the studio. Capturing the spontaneity of live FUBAR performances is like bottling sunlight. I think FUBAR continues to underestimate its possibilities, and with one CD finally, suddenly under its belt, I look forward to seeing the group break loose to explore even wilder terrain.
FUBAR celebrates the release of Suddenly at the Firefly Club on Saturday, June 11.
[Originally published in June, 2005.]