Baby is a relatively new band with two albums to their credit thus far. Their debut disc, “Baby”, was overbalanced on the hard rock side, but “Where Did All The Money Go” features the band in a much more musically mature setting. Whereas it’s often difficult to determine just where a band is from, there’s no doubt with Baby. This here’s a dyed-in-the-wool American band, with roots sunk in Crosby/Nash, The Eagles, and L.A. in general; too, the presence of Tom Scott on sundry horns does absolutely nothing to harm the band’s sound on record.
To the details, then: it should be remembered that these guys do know their way around a power chord, and they ably demonstrate that ability on the middle section of ‘L.A. Lady’, one of the album’s most intricate numbers. Unlike their earlier work, however, they’re now coloring the sound with acoustic guitars, mellotron, and a better sense of internal dynamics to allow the arrangements the room to develop.
The album opens with the title track, a tale of a musician’s disappearing bank account due to mismanagement, not an uncommon theme; however, Baby incorporates other famous ‘money’ lyrics and melodies (specifically The Beatles), just to remind us that the rip-off of which they sing ain’t a new one.
‘Still In Love’ comes across as pure California rock, while ‘101 Turndowns’ explodes with an Allman Bros.-like fury, and that’s really the secret to this album. There’s a lot of variation from track to track, which gives each number its own space to work in.
When each song is different in arrangement and feel from the one before and after it, then each song stands out much more. It’s not an unusual procedure for a band to follow in setting the running order of an album, but it can backfire if the material that’s being exhibited in such a bright light isn’t up to snuff.
For Baby, that worry won’t materialize; they’ve written a good set of numbers and recorded them with more feeling and less volume. Where did all the money go? It’s in the bank, baby. . .
BABY’S BOUNCERS: 101 Turndowns, Brown-Eyed Lady, L.A. Lady.