JUNE 15, 2010 7:30 AM
** out of *****
Since 1968, the Steve Miller Band has produced 10 singles in the U.S. Top 100, including such sing-alongs as “The Joker” and “Fly Like an Eagle,” not to mention the nine other singles Steve Miller has just from his solo work. The band’s psychedelic meets southern rock guitar playing and appealing lyrics have made for some easy listening for all generations over the past 40 years.
However, Steve Miller Band has not released a record in seventeen years, and the group’s latest album, Bingo!, fails to live up to the well-known songs of the past.
In Bingo! the vocals sound familiar, but the band’s instrumental style incorporates more elements of modern southern rock. The chords and beat of the guitar, bass and drum kit are fairly simple, with little variation in each song. The result is that of a mediocre country song. But what is more disappointing in Bingo! is the depth of the lyrics, or lack there of.
“You Got Me Dizzy” will make listeners dizzy from the band’s circulation around the same two chords and the same rhyming verse repeated:
“Listen to me baby what I say is right / I’ll be home in the mornin’ baby but I cant stay out all night / ‘Cause you got me dizzy,” which is followed almost instantly by “Let me tell ya baby what I say is true / I aint never loved somebody in the way that I love you / ‘Cause you got me dizzy.”
There is one more verse in the track, but it is so similar to the previous two that it seems unnecessary to print. The single on the album, “Hey Yeah,” is an instrumental improvement to “You Got Me Dizzy,” but the lyrics fail once again.
Although Bingo! is not Steve Miller Band’s greatest work, the band is deserves some credit for releasing over forty years of great music. Even the newest generation of music listeners can be found dancing to hits “Jungle Love” and clapping along to “Take the Money and Run”. Miller still has a great voice and the group can rock out just like they did in the seventies; that is, if they are playing their old albums.
With more hit singles than most bands can dream of, Steve Miller Band does not need a notable new album to be successful. “So keep on rock’n me baby.”
Steve Miller was born on October 5th, 1943 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Miller_(musician)
October 5th, 1943
10 + 5 +1+9+4+3 = 32 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn =