Tom Sinclair
June 17, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Turn It Upside Down

Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B-

It’s been said that the Spin Doctors are kings of ”The Other College Rock” — the band of choice for retro-thinking kids who consider the Allman Brothers Band more seminal than Sonic Youth. Despite its title, the Doctors’ third full-length album, Turn It Upside Down, doesn’t upend any musical conventions, and that state of affairs will probably suit the band’s party-happy fans just fine. On tap are syncopated sing-alongs (”Big Fat Funky Booty”), goofy anthems (”Biscuit Head”), jazzy novelties (”Cleopatra’s Cat”), and even an environmental song (”Someday All This Will Be Road”), all shoehorned into a crisply produced, radio-friendly package. Danger? Radical experimentation? Not here. Spin Doctors are safe as milk, and only slightly funkier. B-

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