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This Seattle-based 3 piece pleases with this fine effort. Great sounding; has a very early-to-mid ’70’s feel which is fine with me. “Amy” is a quality starter; good, soulful and grooves, with a nice use of the Farfisa sound; “Nickel & Dime” sounds like something off the radio, circa 1972. “Ron Nasty” is a tribute to the nascent leader of the godly Rutles (!), while “Engineer” is another slice of the ’70’s – glam boogie and pure Bolan. “Listen Up (If The World Is Going To Hell)” sounds like it came from “A Wizard, A True Star”; “Better To Be Broken Than Blind” is a nouveau-Philly-soul, featuring the talents of Ken Stringfellow (The Posies/Big Star). The album’s standout, the title track immediately brings to mind vintage Elvis Costello and The Attractions – upbeat and great. “Have You Got A Permit To Preach On This Corner?” – Little Feat represented! All in all, interesting, well crafted, good and fun!

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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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