Picks and Pans Review: Turn It Upside Down

updated 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Spin Doctors

The peculiar charm of the Spin Doctors' 1991 debut, Pocket Full of Kryptonite, was the band's complete lack of guile and apparent disinterest in making a hit album: There was nothing commercial about it; in fact, they seemed to be making it up as they went along. And yet, there it is, still on the charts, a triple platinum gold mine. Nothing much has changed with this cheerful and long-awaited follow-up. From Chris Barron's freely associating lyrics to the band's jam-loving instrumentals, the hippie-dippy, blues-based Docs are as unpredictable as ever. And, as evidenced by the jive-talking "Cleopatra's Cat" and the greasy-spooned "Hungry Hamed's," the farther out-they get, the better they sound. (Epic)

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