Dog's Eye View: Peter Stuart (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Oren Bloedow (acoustic, electic & baritone guitars, lap steel, dobro); John Abbey (acoustic & electric basses, guitarron, cello, guitar); Alan Bezozi (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Marvin Etzioni (mandolin, electric guitar); Danny Frankel (percussion); Brad Peterson (background vocals).
Producers: James "Jimbo" Barton, Peter Stuart.
Recorded at Le Maison Chien, Woodstock, New York in 1995.
The highlights of this debut album are the intelligent, witty lyrics and self-assured vocal style of singer-songwriter-guitarist Peter Stuart, who blends rock, folk, and alternative traditions into a radio-friendly yet musically uncompromising result. Ably backed by a variety of electric and acoustic instruments, Stuart possesses a sharp sense of timing which yields one energetic pop song after another; hummable choruses abound. Stuart's voice is appealing and strong, capable of expressing heights of intensity and pain, and occasionally betraying a raw fragility around its edges. On upbeat tracks like "Everything Falls Apart," there's a buoyant casualness to the vocals and music that belies the tongue-in-cheek, angst-filled lyrics. The lines "I met God this afternoon riding on an uptown train/I said, `Don't you have better things to do?'/He said, `If I do my job/what would you complain about?' illustrate the winning combination of insight and sly humor that characterizes HAPPY NOWHERE.