The second Bean Hoy studio album is essentially a solo record that took root during songwriter Mike Starling's hiatus from performing while working as a beer magazine editor in Boulder, Colorado.
This wasn't driven by ego or "creative differences." He had just moved away from all the musicians he used to gig with in Wisconsin.
There were also a few guest musicians on the album. Yes, as a matter of fact, they are from Wisconsin. Kevin Skrenes, who previously played with Starling in the Sons of Distortion band, played the drum kit on "Rocket." Bob Mueller, who played with Starling in the bands Bean Hoy and Your Missing Socks, played the drum kit on "Winter." Jackson Huus sang the backing vocals on "It's A Big Dumb World." He was just nine years old at the time.
On "Cool Music for a Big Dumb World," Starling expands on the mostly acoustic sound of the first Bean Hoy CD with more electric guitars and bluesier material. Songs like "Groovy Town," "Oh! Sandfly!" and "Baby Boomer Blues," though, show he hasn't lost his knack for penning a droll and sharp-witted lyric.
"A reflection of inane pop culture, where one no longer condemns the plastic world around us but instead videotapes it for later when there's nothing else on," is the way critic Ted Johnson described the Bean Hoy sound.
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