Mad Tea Party / Found A Reason
Album: Found A Reason   Collection:General
Artist:Mad Tea Party   Added:Oct 2008
Label:Nine Mile Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-12-07 Pull Date: 2009-02-08
Week Ending: Feb 1 Jan 25 Jan 4 Dec 28 Dec 14
Airplays: 1 1 3 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 28, 2009: Hand Wash in Coleslaw
Polly Put The Kettle On
4. Dec 31, 2008: Smartie Pop
Polly Put The Kettle On
2. Jan 20, 2009: that's not bluegrass
Big Noise From Krekel
5. Dec 31, 2008: Brownian New Year
I Never Was A Cool One
3. Dec 31, 2008: Donkey Doo
Big Noise From Krekel
6. Dec 24, 2008: Brownian Motion
I Never Was A Cool One

Album Review
Adam Pearson
Reviewed 2009-01-27
County bluegrass blues meets pop and rock n’ roll. The performances on this record are very ‘fun,’ lighthearted, and it all sounds really retro. The first 5 songs sort of blend together, but after track 6 the album is more unique and focused. Ukulele, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and fiddle form the base instrumentation. The ukulele used as a rhythm guitar really gives Mad Tea Party a unique sound. Out of Asheville, North Carolina, the group incorporates so many varied styles so seamlessly. I sort of disliked this at first, because I wasn’t really in the mood, but the fun is pretty infectious. Decent album, no FCC’s noted.

1. Uptempo opening, bluesy, fuzzy guitars, male and female vocals, background male vocals, key change near end of the song (2:07)
2. Sounds like some ukulele with rhythm guitar part, dirty distorted guitars bridge (2:25)
3. (2:59)
4. Relaxed feel to this one, jangly rhythm guitar, smooth backing vocals, builds with tambourine percussion (2:40)
5. Female voice-focused, bluesy (2:43)
*6. Fiddle opens this track, passionate, strong male vocals, iteration of a traditional track, light percussion, bluesy(3:02)
7. Slower, female-driven track, melodious, fiddle present, light loungey percussion, summery feel to the track(2:35)
8. Vocals go back and forth, uptempo rock n’ roll, refrain of ‘whaddya want?’ (2:16)
9. Bluesy Americana about being an awkward kid growing up, very focused, rhythmic, concise pop tune (2:54)
10. Light, slow acoustic strumming, waltz, country feel to this one with fiddle, (3:18)
*11. Surf rock bluesy opening guitar, and ukulele, and drums/tambourine frame this instrumental, which happens to be one of the strongest tracks on the album (3:09)
12. Sounds similar to track 11 with opening, female vocals, title track, hearkens back to tracks 1-5 in execution and structure (2:07)
*13. Male vocals are distorted, lengthy guitar solo in the middle of the track, longest song on album by far (4:16)

Track Listing
1. Blues Slip In   7. Yellow Trees
2. Every Way   8. Whaddaya Want
3. Bunny Moves On   9. I Never Was A Cool One
4. Bombs   10. Waltz Of Despair
5. I Went Out   11. Big Noise From Krekel
6. Polly Put The Kettle On   12. Found A Reason
  13. Move You