Album Details

RELEASE
1990
LABEL
Charisma
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Power Pop, Jangle Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop

Album Review

Including lead singer/drummer Andy Sturmer, guitarist Jason Falkner, and keyboardist Roger Manning, the San Francisco band Jellyfish released their 1990 debut Bellybutton to critical raves. Despite the kudos and some play at video outlets, the album failed to make much of a commercial impact. It was truly unfortunate because Bellybutton, despite obvious influences, was a breath of fresh pop air. "The Man I Used to Be" kicks off the album as a catchy song about domestic failure wrapped in nautical metaphors. The single "The King Is Half-Undressed" is a slice of effervescent power pop whose melody runs counter to the lyrical theme of loneliness. In fact, behind the bounce and breeze of Bellybutton's engaging songs is a recurring theme of melancholy and longing like "She Still Loves Him," with its stirring vocal harmonies and a blistering guitar solo, and the punchy "All I Want Is Everything." Better yet is the second chance the singer delights in on the joyous "Baby's Coming Back," which is accentuated with handclaps. Delightful.
Tom Demalon, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Man I Used to Be
  2. That Is Why
  3. The King Is Half-Undressed
  4. I Wanna Stay Home
  5. She Still Loves Him
  6. All I Want Is Everything
  7. Now She Knows She's Wrong
  8. Bedspring Kiss
  9. Baby's Coming Back
  10. Calling Sarah