4 Non Blondes – Bigger, Better, Faster, More! (1992)

frontcover1Bigger, Better, Faster, More! is the only studio album released by alternative rock band 4 Non Blondes, released in 1992. The first single was “Dear Mr. President”, which bass player Christa Hillhouse told Songfacts “was about the hierarchy of power and government.” (by wikipedia)

San Francisco’s 4 Non Blondes burst onto the national scene with their massive, neo-hippie anthem “What’s Up” from their debut Bigger, Better, Faster, More? Although they failed to recreate the single’s success, the album, as a whole, is a fairly engaging mix of alternative rock, quasi-funk, and blues.

The focal point is on lead singer Linda Perry who also plays guitar and was the primary writer of the material. Perry has a powerful set of pipes akin to Johnette Napolitano, but, unfortunately, she tends to cut loose when a little more restraint would benefit the proceedings. However, “Superfly” is a feel good, funky number and “Spaceman”‘s yearning lyrics are delivered over a quiet, martial drum rhythm. A solid debut that got lost in the wake of its mammoth hit. (by Tom Demalon)

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Personnel:
Christa Hillhouse (bass, vocals)
Linda Perry (guitar, vocals)
Dawn Richardson (drums)
Roger Rocha (guitar)
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Shaunna Hall (guitar)
Rory Kaplan (mellotron)
Suzie Katayama (cello)
Louis Metoyer (guitar)
Dave Rickets (keyboards)
Laurent Tardy (piano)

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Tracklist:
01. Train (Perry) 3.42
02. Superfly” (Perry/Sirdofsky) 4.37
03. What’s Up?  (Perry) 4.55
04, Pleasantly Blue (Perry) 2.28
05. Morphine & Chocolate (Hall) 4.44
06. Spaceman (Hall/Perry) 3.40
07. Old Mr. Heffer (Day/Hall/Hillhouse/Perry) 2.16
08. Calling All The People (Day/Hall/Hillhouse/Perry/Richardson) 3.17
09. Dear Mr. President  (Perry) 4.43
10. Drifting  (Perry) 3.31
11. No Place Like Home (Day/Hall/Hillhouse/Perry) 3.08

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