The Bears

Eureka! []

On Eureka!, the four Bears emerge from their five-year hibernation toting a cornucopia of delectable smart-pop morsels. Guitarists Adrian Belew and Rob Fetters surprise and delight with their skillful interplay and panoply of inventive sounds, buoyed by bassist Bob Nyswonger and drummer Chris Arduser’s tasty rhythmic underpinnings—and all four share in the singing and songwriting. The tunes are mostly upbeat and accessible, with intelligent, often-humorous lyrics, and more than enough quirkiness to keep things interesting. Imagine XTC, the Beatles, Hendrix, and King Crimson baked into a bear-shaped cake and topped with Ade’s Magic Guitar Sauce.
—Barry Cleveland