Electric Bird Digest (1991) Though the music and members of Seattle's Young Fresh Fellows are neither young nor fresh, they are definitely far from stale. The Fellows, in the… Young Fresh Fellows Rock
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Electric Bird Digest (1991)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Young Fresh Fellows; Genre: Rock

Though the music and members of Seattle's Young Fresh Fellows are neither young nor fresh, they are definitely far from stale. The Fellows, in the past a seriously unserious rock band, are more measured than ever on Electric Bird Digest, their sixth release. The album is full of catchy little mid-tempo songs with quirky lyrics about such everyday American pursuits as ''Sittin' on a Pitchfork,'' ''Fear Bitterness and Hatred,'' and ''Hillbilly Drummer Girl.'' Other items, like the lovely ballad ''Whirlpool,'' are a tad more thoughtful, and on these the band has some of the small-town whimsicality of the Kinks, circa 1973. Live, the Fellows have a reputation for goofy, drunken, fraternity-esque revelry, and I did once actually witness one band member break another's arm (by accident) at a gig. But what is rock & roll — especially sweet, friendly, intimate, almost corny rock & roll like this — without a little danger thrown into the mix? B+

Originally posted Aug 02, 1991 Published in issue #77 Aug 02, 1991 Order article reprints