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Detroit Metro Times
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Just when I thought ten-inch records were a thing of the past, this EP bursts on the scene with something to offend everyone. "Young Gifted & White" is a parody of Nina Simone's "Young Gifted and Black" (who I personally saw give a riveting live version in a concert in Berkeley, California -- back in the '60s) that can only be described as hardcore with strings, horns and a vocal chorus. "Punish Me" is a horn-laden groove, which I like, but the lyrics are weird. Side two begins with "It's All True," and is still very tongue-in-cheek lyrically but feels closer musically to something Seger or Springsteen might try if backed by the Urbations. "She's A Girl" is a wacky spoken-word bit of strangeness that coud just as easily be an unreleased side by Frank Zappa. The disc has great production values (engineered by Ed Moon at Livonia Sound) that somehow hold up under the strain of at least 26 different musicians and singers. This chunk of vinyl is a bit twisted (with a unique cover photo by Misha Gordin) and not for the tender-hearted -- but if you like something adventurous...

Detroit Metro Times
1983



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