Rolling Stone - 7/9/92, p.1013 Stars
- Good - "...impressively seamless....Pierson's richly textured vocals hold up just fine..."
Spin - 7/92, p.69
Recommended - "...Put up your antennae and tune in, the B-52's urge in this cathartic funfest....inspired and inspiring..."
Musician - 8/92, p.88
"...Wisely, the band seems to realize that another wiggy party record without [co-singer] Cindy Wilson would be futile, and the result is an album that's relatively adventurous..."
The B-52s: Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider (vocals); Keith Strickland (guitar, keyboards, drum programming).
Additional personnel: Pat Irwin (guitar, piano, Hammond organ, keyboards, background vocals); Amy Shulman (harp); David McMurray (flute, saxophone); Stephen "Doc" Kupka (baritone saxophone); Lee Thornberg (trumpet); Richard Hilton (piano, keyboards, Synclavier programming); Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards); Tracy Wormworth, James "Hutch" Hutchinson, Sara Lee, Nicky Brown (bass); Zachery Alford (drums, background vocals); Sterling Campbell, Jeff Porcaro (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Kathleen Blihar, Bedarayana Das, Subal Das, Urugaya Das, Bhakta Erick, Monique Francois-Eduoxie, Jane Ivchekno, Caesar Johnston, Ben McLeod, Brad Weinberg, Rukmini Weinberg (Krishna musicians).
Engineers include: Tom Durack, Ed Cherney, Rik Pekkonen.
Recorded at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York; The Power Studio and Skyline Studios, New York, New York; Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Following the triumphant COSMIC THING, the B-52s had to contend with the departure of Cindy Wilson. To compensate, they continued to work with producers Don Was and Nile Rogers (why mess with a sure thing?) and brought in many extra players and singers. It says something about Wilson's importance that up to five background singers are utilized on "Tell it Like it T-I-S." In Wilson's absence, Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson come to the fore. GOOD STUFF is a very respectable follow-up.
Highlights include the riotous "Hot Pants Explosion" and the enjoyable single "Good Stuff." "Revolution Earth" is a beautiful slow burner with an Indian feel. Schneider abandons his usual style to sing respectably on the disco-flavored "Dreamland." "Is that You Mo-Dean" fills GOOD STUFF's obligatory sci-fi quota and features "The Mo-Dean Intergalactic Choir" on the huge chorus. "The World's Green Laughter" is a rainforest-inspired instrumental. "Vision of a Kiss" evidences a move toward less cynical or humorous love songs. GOOD STUFF is a recommended addition to any B-52s collection.