April-June, 1996

IDAHO - Three Sheets To The Wind (CD, Caroline, Rock)
I've been listening to and admiring the music of Idaho for several years now. Each release from this obtuse and virtually unknown band gets better and better, and this may just be the best yet. Jeff Martin takes a different approach with this collection of tunes. Instead of recording at his home studio mostly by himself, for this CD he plays with a full band. The result? More excellent songs, but with a bit more punch than usual. Those incredible trademark Idaho guitars remain, and Jeff's voice sounds more mature and focused. Warning: Idaho songs are NOT catchy. That's right. You probably won't find yourself bopping around humming these songs. They are more like atmospheric pop creations, relying more on song structure than singsong melodies. Idaho hits a home run...again!

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