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& TONY SLY- Acoustic (Fat
Wreck) If I was an English football hooligan, I’d probably describe
this as shitey poofy shite. But
I’m not, so I won’t. Still,
after a couple cursory listens, this shitey poofy shite- sorry, I mean release- seemed like it was something the gods up on
had decided to smite me with for being such a naughty, naughty infidel.
and Sly are the singers for Lagwagon and No Use For A Name, respectively.
This album finds each putting an acoustic spin on five of their
bands’ previously recorded songs and then both add another brand new
acoustic cut into the mix. I’d
never heard any of these songs in their earlier incarnations (and I’m
too lazy to actually make the effort now), so I can’t really compare
versions. The lyrics are
generally pretty good throughout (thank fuck- there’s not much worse
than a plodding windbag) and some of the melodies started to grow on me a
little bit. Best in show is
’s take of “Violins,” which bounces along gently, sweetly and
sincerely. And this brings me
to my final observation: I think these guys should’ve upped the pace on
at least a couple of these cuts. There
ain’t no goddamn law that says you HAVE TO play acoustic guitar, piano,
banjo, cello and/or accordion slowly; they’re really a helluva lot more
fun with a bit more oomph behind ‘em.