Ruby: Short-Staffed at the Gene Pool
The indulgence part comes from Ruby's self-conscious obsession with the hook. Pop needs its standard bearers, especially when it thumbs its nose at so-called "art." And Ruby does not fall short at all in the craft department. It's the kind of music one doesn't have to suffer to enjoyand I'll admit I enjoy the other kind, too. If you take a moment to absorb the lyrics, you'll discover some strikingly intense, honest, and visceral poetics. Ruby's words on the subject, from "Lamplight":
"If I bear my fruit, and invite the world to see
If I bear my fruit, would you tear it from my tree..."
In this reviewer's opinion, Short-Staffed at the Gene Pool is ripe for the picking.
Track Listing: Beefheart; Queen of Denial; Lilypad; Waterside; Lamplight; Roses; Grace; Fly; Cargo; Sweet Is; Fuse Again.
Personnel: Lesley Rankine; Mark Walk.
Record Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings