Q - p.1443 stars out of 5
-- "The laid-back, folk-rock stylings that brought them multi-platinum riches via 1988 debut SHOOTING RUBBERBANDS AT THE STARS are still fully evident....Brickell's dreamy drawl is maturing nicely too..."
Uncut - p.933 stars out of 5
-- "[The songs] make their case with taste and literate dexterity."
Edie Brickell/Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: Carter Albrecht (guitar, harmonica, keyboards, background vocals); Kenny Withrow (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, background vocals); Brad Houser (bass clarinet, saxophone, bass instrument); Brandon Aly (drums); John Bush (percussion).
Personnel: Edie Brickell (vocals, electric guitar).
For the first time in over 10 years, singer-songwriter Edie Brickell has reunited with her band New Bohemians, returning to the musical backdrop of her 1988 chart-topper, "What I Am." While both "elements" of the equation have clearly grown since their heyday, in some ways STRANGER THINGS has a homey ambiance, a feeling as if band and singer had never been apart. While the enticing title song and wildlife/natural idyll "Buffalo Ghost" echo her earlier full-of-wonder, neo-flower child past, these Bohemians also get their groove on with the Afro-Cuban flavored "No Dinero." On "Elephants and Ants," Brickell explores a somewhat duskier, nearly smoldering vocal register while the lads engage in some tasty, jazz-inspired improvising, each subtly encouraging the other. "Oh My Soul" and "Long Lost Friend" express wholehearted hope that uplifting notions and positive vibrations will never go out of style.