Steve Burns
Songs for Dustmites


4.5
superb

Review

by RottedFlesh USER (9 Reviews)
December 4th, 2006 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: That silly Steve Burns! The guy from Blues Clues thinks he can make music? WHOA! He can? And it's phantastic? This I gotta see...

As most people know by now, Steve Burns was once upon a time the host of the hit children’s show “Blues Clues”. I’m also sure that plenty of people have heard stories about that “lunatic” Steve ever since he left Blues Clues. Hell…he’s had as much bad publicity surrounding his name (none of it true) as Pee Wee. Among these rumors include heroin addictions, jail, and even death, as influenced by his guest appearance on Law and Order.

So what’s the real story about Steve" Well after he left Blues Clues for various reasons, including the loss of his hair and his displeasure with the series, Steve attended a party. At this party he heard the Flaming Lips album, Soft Bulletin, and then felt so inspired he decided to work on some music, as he was already an avid guitarist. Steve then in 2003 decided to release his cd with the help of Steve Drozd, the drummer of The Flaming Lips, thus ending our quaint little story about Mr. Steve’s origins and path to making Songs For Dustmites.

First off, let me assure you that this album isn’t just some Flaming Lips interpretation. Though it often has influences, it is it’s own piece of work. It’s has way more emphasis on guitar, Steve’s voice shifts from surprisingly powerful to endearingly meek, and the most Flaming Lips-esque tracks have way more energy than any Flaming Lips song could ever imagine containing. Steve can really stand alone in this effort as well.

The first track on the album, Mighty Little Man, really slaps you in the face right out of the gates if you were expecting this kid’s show host to suck. It’s a realllly good track. It starts off with a little bit of effects then kicks into a sonic boom riff and some powerful drumming, backed by some uplifting sound effects. Steve sort of whispers out the beginning verses but then really booms with passion during the chorus. It even ends with a little harmonica bit. This song is truly an anthem for the little guys.

The listener will very quickly figure out that Steve really knows how to make use of those synth effects and great electronics. What I Do On Saturday is another brilliant track. It’s got a grooving bass line, jangly guitar, and a very spacey feel to all the effects surrounding Steve’s lyrics that are ever so passionately squeaked out like a child. Prepare to be blown away by the sweeping chorus of Troposphere and the barrage of synthesized effects that come with it. When I Fall Down has some weird electronic sounds and a very eerie feel to it as Steve mumbles out strange lyrics. When I Fall Down starts out quietly, riding on it’s strong beat, and gently guitar picking but ultimately blasts you with some scratchy, overly distorted effects.

Maintain brings back that blasting bass tone first heard from Mighty Little Man but carries on with a much more laidback tone even though Steve’s voice is certainly more powerful than usual on this track. Though >1 is a pretty uninteresting track the instruments listed will certainly amuse you. Steve used, “Guitars, an empty ice cream container, and a thinking chair.” If you ever visited Steve’s website, you would quickly understand how weird a guy is. Beware those robots he keeps telling me…

Certainly some of the most satisfying tracks are the ones were Steve doesn’t have to hide behind his mask of sound effects and just relies on his own power. He certainly has the ability to dig deep into his heart when he has to. The Reason is a beautiful and simple track only featuring Steve on guitar, some bongo sounding drums, and him delivering his most sincere vocal performance of the album. A Song For Dustmites is very similar and starts out with some great piano, though it does end with a mayhem of effects, but the build up is utterly perfect. Henry Krinkle’s Lament has layers of instruments but is mostly dominating by the simple little flute bits that give it a smooth jazz feel.

Somehow Steve Burns managed to make the leap from kids show host to rock star and strangely succeeded in the most grand of fashions. This is good music. There’s no other way to put it. Granted, I’m sure Drozd’s appearance had a significant effect on the album, but it often sounds so different from Lips, one can only help but realize that it’s Steve’s contributions that give this album it’s voice, soul, and face. Steve really moves the mountains for this album and transformed himself into a Mighty Little Man.

PS: Beware those damn robots that say “bee boop”…but the ones that say “boo beep” are okay…



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RottedFlesh
December 4th 2006


213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seriously...check out his website, he's a cool guy. I wanna note that just the other day I drew those little dustmite guys all over a styrofoam cup at work ^_^

tom79
December 4th 2006


3593 Comments


This is funny, I just remember recently hearing that the guy from Blues Clues made an album when he left, and then I see this. A great review too, detailed, not too short/long. This would be pretty interesting to hear.This Message Edited On 12.04.06

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AnyColour74
December 4th 2006


1054 Comments


The guy from Blues Clues, huh. Interesting, to say the least.

RottedFlesh
December 4th 2006


213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ya ^_^ b4 I heard this album I giggled everytime I heard that he made it...people should certainly listen to it...if not for the music, at least for the novelty.This Message Edited On 12.04.06

The Sludge
December 4th 2006


2169 Comments


I heard as well as him listening to a Flaming Lip's album at a club, it only took 30 seconds to leave and look for it.

RottedFlesh
December 6th 2006


213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm sad -_-



...I figured nobody would look at this review but this is even worse a turn out than i expected...Steve requires way more respect!

foreverendeared
September 28th 2008


14677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album fuckin rules and more people need to hear it

Avirov
June 8th 2009


1206 Comments


I'm absolutely loving this first track, will report back soon.

AtavanHalen
June 8th 2009


17920 Comments


I AM A MIGHTY LITTLE MAN

Teddy Picker
December 3rd 2009


285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just found this, and holy shit I LOVE his music

PirateSquid
January 4th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

His music makes me eargasm.

drasticaction74
August 8th 2010


1850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

we just figured out blues clues

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Psilocyanide
August 8th 2010


1823 Comments


STEVEN
STEVEEEEN BURNS!

Urinetrouble
February 10th 2011


5771 Comments


this guy is the shitski

guttermoth
May 31st 2011


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is actually one of my favourite albums. D: The song "Stick Around" is wonderful.

McKrakkan
July 3rd 2011


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really fantastic album! A nice surprise from a talent that seemed to fall off the face of the earth. Mighty Little Man is such a fun song!

EyeForAnEye
November 24th 2011


1716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this makes me appreciate this dude so much.

ABjordanMM
October 6th 2012


1701 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What were the odd that this guy was actually a good musician? This is good stuff.

foxblood
June 5th 2013


7580 Comments


i need to hear this

YankeeDudel
October 17th 2013


9342 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

STEVE!!!!!!

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