Growing up in Portland, Maine, the six members of Rustic Overtones were far enough from the big-city din to develop their own sound but close enough to absorb the diverse influences (rock, funk, hip-h

Growing up in Portland, Maine, the six members of Rustic Overtones were far enough from the big-city din to develop their own sound but close enough to absorb the diverse influences (rock, funk, hip-hop, punk, ska, swing, space-age pop) that they exhibit on their first national release. Originally signed to Arista, Rustic was left hanging after the departures of label founder Clive Davis and A&R rep Kurt St. Thomas. Fortunately, St. Thomas landed at Tommy Boy and voilà, Viva Nueva. The album kicks off with lead single "C'Mon," a call to arms that uses all the band's firepower—a skin-tight rhythm section, soulful keyboards, stinging guitars, funky horns, and the potent, complex, and totally engrossing voice of front man Dave Gutter. Other favorites include funked-up party tune "Love Underground," bossa nova vignette "Baby Blue," and a handful of cuts that feature such prominent guests as Funkmaster Flex, Imogen Heap, and Da- vid Bowie. Not to be missed.—PV