God Shuffled His Feet
Arista - 1993
Artist: Crash Test Dummies
I took a short trip back a few years (a lot few), I was 25 and my favorite CD was God Shuffled His Feet, released in 1993 by The Crash Test Dummies. This was the second offering from the band, and the most successful follow-up to their 1991 debut release "The Ghosts that Haunt Me" which featured the hit Superman's Song.
Superman's Song is a wonderful piece of music and rose to number four on the Canadian Singles Chart, but tunes like God Shuffled His Feet, Afternoons and Coffeespoons, In the Days of the Caveman, Here I Stand Before Me, and many other tracks on the Crash Test Dummies' 1993 CD release just connect with the wondering human being in all of us. They're songs filled with questions and concerns, but also filled with a fire that strikes a chord of life.
The musicianship is top notch, and production is clean. I favor the sound of a tight rhythm section with a crisp snare; there is no shortage of syncopation here, and the drummer is outstanding.
Nice acoustic guitar tones, great piano, and enchanting harmonies. Brad Roberts is known for his deep vocals, and here he really leaves his mark, especially on the most popular tune Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm.
Lyrically this album is refreshing. The writing is humble, inquiring, and clever, and most importantly devoid of cliche. This is music that makes you think, helps you understand and gives you a boost. I still find God Shuffled His Feet to be one of my very favorite CDs.
Crash Test Dummies made waves on radio with a fresh sound and the deep, haunting vocals of lead singer Brad Roberts. But his voice was more than just deep. At the time, this unique, unexpected quality in a lead vocalist made people take notice of songs that really had something to say.
If you like interesting, original music, and you have yet to hear this offering from the Crash Test Dummies, you won't be dissapointed if you do.
Last Update: 30 Nov, 2019