The world is full of unanswerable questions. Who told Roger Moore
he could act? How does a man as ugly as Heavy D get all those chicks?
How did the Patriots ever make it to the Superbowl? Why is Bob Saggett
a millionaire? Enter Lincoln, Nebraskas Floating Opera to
add to this list of mind bogglers.
Why is Floating Opera not in the Billboard Top Ten?
Here is a band that proves that there is more to Nebraska than
just legions of rabid Husker fans. Pop music has come far in this
day and age, and bands like Floating Opera have led the way from
hey-girl bubblegum to real-folks heartache.
Featuring members of Lincolns Mercy Rule and The Millions
(both Midwestern indie royalty), the opera that floats brings songwriting
back to pop in a way that few ever will. Principal writer Richard
Rebarber (who also produced and engineered the record) seems to
believe the truth lies somewhere between Neil Young and Brian Eno,
which may well be true.
The band brings all the required radio elements: catchy chorus
hooks, melodies that are easy on the ear, and lyrics that are singable
after the first or second listen. What separates them from the normal
pop fare, however, is the genuine feelings that the music communicates.
In a world where pop is defined by marketing reports and copycatting,
the artist who is willing to truly wear his or her heart on their
musical sleeve is a rare bird indeed.
Singers Lori Anderson and Heidi Ore share lead vocal duties with
Indigo Girl-esque harmonies (on a Who cover, to boot), while the
band blends its keyboard and violin-driven melodies into a sound
much like a soufflé: light, airy, and melting in your mouth.
"Its Not Easy Listening Anymore" is a fine recording
and could receive airplay anywhere in the country. Why are they
not in the Top Ten? Chalk it up to another mystery