4 Non Blondes Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
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- Released: November 10, 1992
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Interscope Records
Entertainment Weekly - 5/7/93, p.58"...Imagine a distaff Spin Doctors with more ooomph...[a] musical grab bag...stuffed with jet-propelled folk rock, angst-ridden anthems, high-octane blues, and '90s protest songs..."
- Rating: A-
Q - 7/93, p.884 Stars - Excellent - "...tracks like 'What's Up' and 'Spaceman' sound like suspiciously timeless classics...diversity of material diffuses the impact of the record to a degree, but [the album] is nevertheless an auspicious introduction..."
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4 Non Blondes: Linda Perry (vocals, guitar); Roger Rocha (guitar); Christa Hillhouse (bass, background vocals); Dawn Richardson (drums).
Additional personnel: Louis Metoyer, Shaunna Hall (guitar); Suzie Katayama (cello); Judy Rudin (harmonica); Laurent Tardy (piano); David Rickets (keyboards); Rory Kaplan (Mellotron).
Recorded at Groove Masters, Santa Monica, California and The Plant, Sausalito, California.
Personnel: Linda Perry (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Christa Hillhouse (vocals); Roger Rocha, Louis Metoyer, Shaunna Hall (guitar); Suzie Katayama (cello); Rory Kaplan (Mellotron); Dave Rickets (keyboards); Dawn Richardson (drums).
Audio Mixer: David Tickle.
Recording information: Groove Masters, Santa Monica, CA.
San Francisco's 4 Non Blondes burst onto the national scene with their massive, neo-hippie anthem "What's Up" from their debut Bigger, Better, Faster, More? Although they failed to recreate the single's success, the album, as a whole, is a fairly engaging mix of alternative rock, quasi-funk, and blues.
The focal point is on lead singer Linda Perry who also plays guitar and was the primary writer of the material. Perry has a powerful set of pipes akin to Johnette Napolitano, but, unfortunately, she tends to cut loose when a little more restraint would benefit the proceedings. However, "Superfly" is a feel good, funky number and "Spaceman"'s yearning lyrics are delivered over a quiet, martial drum rhythm. A solid debut that got lost in the wake of its mammoth hit. ~ Tom Demalon
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