In a break with tradition, the Pooh Sticks
only released one single for their final album, Optimistic Fool
. Their career was about to become a footnote at best in pop history, but you couldn't tell it from the music. They sound just as joyous and full of rock & roll fun as ever, and this single is an essential item for Pooh Sticks
fans to hunt down. The good-natured and hook-filled "Cool in a Crisis" is one of the highlights of the album. "When the Night Falls" is a reworking of a tune that first appeared on 1991's Multiple Orgasm
, a successful reworking that keeps the rambunctious feel of the earlier recording and adds some oomph in all the right spots. "She's the One" is one of the Sticks
' trademark lengthy guitar jams. It would have sounded perfect on Optimistic Fool
. They probably left it off for fear that their albums were becoming predictable. All they did was turn it into a lesser album because "She's the One" is a great song with a solo that would make Gary Richrath
proud. As a swan song, it is fitting.