dada – Puzzle

dada - PuzzleTo the extent that dada has any hits, this is where you’ll find them. The sometimes-cynical sense of humor of “Dizz Knee Land”, with its once-again-pertinent line “I just flipped off President George / I’m going to Dizz Knee Land!”, permeates a few of the other tracks, like “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” and “Posters”. But there is also a solid emotional core to the songwriting. “Timothy” is the story of a boy whose life is so depressing he resorts to fantasy; the accompanying strings might come off as overbearing if they weren’t so well balanced by the understated bass, acoustic guitar and vocals, all of which build in intensity throughout the song. “Surround” is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. At its core, it’s just percussion work and acoustic guitar playing a melody that’s simple yet elevating (with similar lyrics), but it layers other instruments in so well that the resulting harmonies intensify the feeling. Dim captures the sense of desperation of a person who looks back on his life at the end of a rating: 4 out of 4relationship and isn’t sure how he got where he is; as he asks, “Can’t this car go any faster / ’cause I can still see where I am,” the drums and electric guitar drive the song forward. I don’t have a DNP list like Earl’s, but if I did, it would be right up there. Suffice to say it’s one of my favorites.

Order this CD

  1. Dorina (6:06)
  2. Mary Sunshine Rain (4:39)
  3. Dog (4:13)
  4. Dizz Knee Land (4:06)
  5. Surround (3:38)
  6. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (4:42)
  7. Posters (4:05)
  8. Timothy (4:00)
  9. Dim (4:21)
  10. Who You Are (3:25)
  11. Puzzle (6:20)
  12. Moon (5:18)

Released by: I.R.S.
Release date: 1992
Total running time: 54:58