RELEASE
March 19, 2002
LABEL
Rhino
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Noise Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Grunge

Album Review

Few bands are as criminally overlooked as Soul Coughing, but in their short career they managed to craft some brilliantly fractured pop that went sadly unnoticed by mainstream listeners. Paving the way for like-minded bands like Cake and the Bloodhound Gang, Soul Coughing was the beat poetry antidote to the heavy-handed grunge that was clogging the airwaves when they first arrived in 1994. The six tracks from their first album are some of the best songs in the band's canon, showing what an impressive impact they made with a simple formula. Samples from old 78s, Warner Bros. cartoons, and answering machines created a moody backdrop for the jazzy rhythm section and M. Doughty's cigarette-scarred croon, resulting in charming gems like "True Dreams of Wichita." Featuring their biggest single ("Super Bon Bon"), the tracks from Irresistible Bliss are marked by a maturity in their songwriting and much broader soundscapes crafted by the band. The beautiful "Idiot Kings" receives its much-deserved place among the more popular tracks, although leaving off "Soft Serve" is ridiculous when a useless B-side like the Propellerheads' remix of "Super Bon Bon" makes the cut. The very best tracks from their final release, El Oso, are represented in possibly the best track picks on the whole album. Sonically experimental and bordering on electronica at times, these songs show a maturity that was sadly cut short by the demise of the band. A few key tracks are missing ("Is Chicago Not Chicago" is inexplicably left off) and the B-sides are mostly filler (with the exception of the gorgeous "Unmarked Helicopters"), making for a few complaints from longtime fans. But to anyone looking to discover the sound of Soul Coughing, there is no better source than Lust in Phaze, an album that manages to capture the band's hipster charm and cool soundscapes while also featuring the variety of material they were capable of.
Bradley Torreano, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Bus to Beelzebubhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. Sugar Free Jazzhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. True Dreams of Wichitahttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. Screenwriter's Blueshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Janinehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. Blueeyed Devilhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Buddha Rhubarb Butterhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. Unmarked Helicoptershttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. Super Bon Bonhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. Soundtrack to Maryhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. Lazy Boneshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  12. Painthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  13. Collapsehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  14. The Idiot Kingshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  15. Rollinghttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  16. St. Louise Is Listeninghttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  17. $300http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  18. Circleshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  19. Super Bon Bon [Propellerheads Radio Edit]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  20. Casiotone Nation [Live]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Flust-in-phaze-best-soul-coughing%252Fid728111324%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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