Mad Tea Party | Big Top Soda Pop

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Big Top Soda Pop

by Mad Tea Party

Ukulele-fired folk rock.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 62 Years
3:24 $0.99
2. Space Repair
4:46 $0.99
3. Big Top, Soda Pop
3:12 $0.99
4. Whistle Pig
3:38 $0.99
5. Muddy Water, Butterfly
4:40 $0.99
6. Brotherhood of Man
2:32 $0.99
7. Do You Have What It Takes?
3:17 $0.99
8. World of Novelty
1:29 $0.99
9. Box of Kittens
2:32 $0.99
10. Music Makers
3:23 $0.99
11. Berry-belvin
2:52 $0.99
12. Nora Trip
4:30 $0.99
13. Brand New Key
2:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
Reviews of "Big Top Soda Pop":

"Americana for the modern generation. Shreds of ragtime, tatters of R&B, touches of blues, bursts of rockabilly, slivers of C&W, tinges of hillbilly hoe-downs, lashes of pop, snippets of rock, a feathering of folk, and even, on the title track, the hurdy-gurdy sound of the circus; all are threaded through the set. But as eclectic as it, this Tea Party has a theme, or at least a distinctive sound that makes even the most diverse numbers instantly identifiable as the Mad one's own. Partially this is due to Ami Worthen's vocals, sweet and upbeat or calm and soothing, her come-hither intonations draws one straight into the songs, she's the perfect circus barker for this Party… Add thoughtful lyrics covering a wide range of themes, and Mad Tea Party have created one amazingly, tantalizing album.”

”On its upcoming fourth album, 'Big Top Soda Pop'...Mad Tea Party crafts a wild mix of hillbilly, folk, jazz and rock 'n' roll. The result is a sound that falls somewhere between that of the 1940s country outfit the Carlisles and the indie-pop of more recent bands such as the Violent Femmes and the Vaselines. Like the music produced by the San Francisco-based pre-psychedelic outfit the Charlatans in the mid-'60s, Big Top Soda Pop oozes with a sort of frenetic, up-to-date take on traditional styles that can't be written off as pure nostalgia.”
– Spartanburg Herald-Journal

“Mad Tea Party sounds every bit like their name. With instruments ranging from ukulele (soprano and baritone!) to Mellotron, Fender Rhodes, and Optigan, you know there's a crazy mix going on. Surprisingly the music manages to stay in an old-timey mode while also sounding like a more organic Stereolab.”
– Movement Magazine

"Are you at a circus? Are you in an avant-garde college music class? Is it the Brady Bunch on acid? Mad Tea Party is all of this and more. Most of the songs are pop-driven folk and showcase Ami Worthen’s whimsical voice that is reminiscent of Natalie Merchant...While this effort by Mad Tea Party could be described as folk, bluegrass, psychedelic pop or influenced by jazz, this inability to label the album is exactly what makes the sound so unique. Mad Tea Party is indeed mad, but like cotton candy at a circus, you can’t stop yourself from going back for more."
- Southeast Performer

”The band does an album in 'Big Top Soda Pop' that could be done in 1960 as much as it could be done in 2006… Give this album a spin if you like any classic pop music.”
– NeuFutur Magazine

"Mad Tea Party is Asheville's premier nuevo-ragtime-swing three piece and with 'Big Top Soda Pop' they offer definitive proof that their brand of old fashioned feel-good medicine deserves a bigger audience."
- Go Triad

”An infectious romp of Carter Family meets Dick Dale”
– IGS Guitar Forum

“Skewed folk trio that…took things off into a zany direction that is deceptively sweet but has some serious bite lurking under the surface. There’s a big old-timey vibe right out front but don’t go thinking that’s all that’s going on here. Tasty, fun stuff in the alt.folk bag that likes to tease with familiar feeling music and clever word play.”
– Midwest Record Recap

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5 stars. Great lyrics and melodies.
Album is definately 5 stars. Great lyrics and melodies. I really enjoyed the eclyctic nature of the album. Hope they can make it to perfor in Wisconsin some day.


5 stars. Great lyrics and melodies.
Album is definately 5 stars. Great lyrics and melodies. I really enjoyed the eclyctic nature of the album. Hope they can make it to perfor in Wisconsin some day.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Fired by ukulele, the Mad Tea Party gang wraps up a frisky 13-track album sparking hints of Squirrel Nut Zippers, 1930's swing and Django type jazz and, dare I say, just a flutter of something like Primus in its playful moments, sinking into the fun-house like dissonances and clashing chords. Inserting some zany electric guitar to the primarly acoustic make-up, "Big Top Soda Pop" takes delicious little nuggets of goodness from a multitude of music periods and styles and mixes it together for a light and peppy, snappy good time.

My favorite cd I've heard in the past couple of years. I just ordered 3 more copies for Christmas gifts.Love it!!!!!!!!!!


The cover of "Brand New Key" caught my attention at first, but the rest of the CD is AWESOME! A trio of eclectic musicians playing unusual instruments and making wonderful music! Fans of the Asylum Street Spankers and the Squirrel Nut Zippers, step right up! Hopefully, their tour will bring them out of North Carolina and up to the Northeastern United States. and Ami is pretty cute, too!

Ivan E

Fun, Silly, Exciting, Irresistable music!!!
I looooooved this CD. The music is fun and makes you want to dance joyfully upon hearing it. It will make you laugh, hop, twirl, and giggle!!!!

This band is GREAT!!!!!

J. Randall Hicks

Toe-tapping and thoughtfully fun
Mad Tea Party is a fusion of Spike Jones, The Carter Family, and Timbuk 3. On the surface one thinks, "oh, how cute ... kazoos and ukuleles" but then you start grasping the harmonies, subtle satire, and a pinch of the absurd and brilliant sounds of toy box instruments, and all of a sudden you are haunted with a refreshing approach to folk music that will make you salivate for more recordings. Not only do you want to hear Mad Tea Party ... the music begs to be enjoyed at a live performance. Ami Worthen writes thoughtful songs and performs with a humble, unassuming charm next to Jason Krekel who is one of the most talented and versitile musicians on the planet.

Ron Branam

Great CD
Whistle Pig is a great song. I heard it on WDVX and had to have it. The rest of the CD is good, but track 4 is the best. Great Band. I hope to see them soon.

John O'Connor

Nice new Folk sound
Nice songs, good lyrics, decent instrumental work and good vocal harmonies. Different, but that's a good thing. Well worth the price.