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DEEP BLUE SOMETHING (Buy CDs by this artist)
11th Song (Crystal Clear Sound) 1993
Home (Rainmaker) 1994 (Rainmaker/Interscope) 1995
Deep Blue Something (Aezra) 2001

Houston-bred brothers Toby (guitar/vocals) and Todd (bass/vocals) Pipes lead this Texas quartet, which made a commercial splash in late '95 with the catchy romantic power-pap of "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Bringing the brain-dead grandiosity of late-'70s harmony-rockers like Styx and Supertramp to the modern world, Deep Blue Something (formed in '91 at the University of North Texas as Leper Messiah) combines big acoustic/electric strumming and airy, melodramatic singing into a resoundingly hollow album unimproved by its good intentions. (On Home, the faintly feminist "Over" sarcastically castigates a drunk's sexual desire, but includes the sure-to-be-misappropriated refrain, "Flip her over, man she is done.") "Souls suffer the landscape/In shrouds of dew, as ghosts." All right, Denton!

[Ira Robbins]