Picks and Pans Review: It Means Everything

updated 09/22/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Save Ferris

Generation X found its bleak outlook mirrored in the dissonant wail of grunge. Now Generation Next needs a style to capture the sound of opportunity knocking, and Save Ferris, an Orange County, Calif., ska-pop-swing band, seems ready to fill the bill. In two years the hardworking septet has gone from garage band to studio darling, and here, on their upbeat, full-length, major-label debut album, the plucky musicians show just what a can-do attitude can do. Brassy frontwoman Monique Powell, formally trained in opera and jazz, lends her winning show-tune-style vocals to a host of poppy songs ranging from the laughably silly lunch-meat anthem "Spam" ("Spam/ It's pink and it's oval...Spam/ It's made in Chernobyl"), to "Under 21," a rousing rendition of the frustration experienced by an underage concertgoer. But don't brand the album a sugary kidfest just yet. Lyrical meditations like "Goodbye," "Lies" and "Everything I Want to Be" show there's plenty here for the adult in you too. (Epic)

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