Modes of Transportation, Vol. 1 CD (1995)
Dal Shabet buy CD music Principally recorded at PRS, the Gas Station and Spooky Ruben's house, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Electric Ladyland and Dangerous Music, New York, New York.
All songs written by Spookey Ruben. Samples include "Squib Cakes" (as performed by Tower Of Power).
After hearing the fairy-tale introduction, "Terry Magnifica," and the loopy yodeling in the opening minutes of "These Days Are Old," you can't help but recognize Spookey Ruben as eccentricity in its purest form. He also, however, proves himself an undeniably superb and original stylist on this debut long-player. If Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding had continued to explore the most cracked and esoteric terrain of Oranges & Lemons rather than further refining their pop/rock, or if Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith had lightened up considerably during the sessions for Seeds of Love, the results might have approached Modes of Transportation, Vol. 1. The songs range from the bizarre to the childlike to the strangely haunting, all with impeccably crafted pop hooks. There is a guilelessness throughout that is fascinating, especially when it turns dark, as on the lullaby "Crystal Cradle," where Ruben's voice lowers into Morrissey or Dave Gahan range without descending ...