Even The Odd – S/T – Vinyl album
Wanga Records 1989
Brand new, sealed in the factory plastic
What it means to lie
Fool in the dark
One x one
Cos you’re here
Given the sheer ubiquity of his production/engineering work throughout the 1980s, one is under the surreal impression that Mitch Easter cloned himself to tend to the scores of projects that fell into his lap. Sure, there was REM, Game Theory, and his own Let’s Active, but there were a lot of worthy also-rans too like upstate New York’s Even the Odd. This self titled collection isn’t flush with wall-to-wall Richenbackers, but nevertheless there’s still a quotient of jangly vibes informing the trio’s penchant for straightforward guitar pop, a la Crowded House and early Marshall Crenshaw. Easter not only engineered this affair, he contributed six-strings to “Cos You’re Here,” while his Let’s Active cohort Angie Carlson sings backing vocals on a couple tracks to boot. All in all Even the Odd is a winning set, though not particularly revelatory.