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Will Rigby: Paradoxaholic [Diesel Only, 2002]
Anybody who believes Will's ex Amy ran out of concepts after transforming their union into a solo debut should try her 18 Again best-of, which leads strong from her divorced period. But anybody who wonders why she married the guy should check out the folk-rock fruitcake he debuts with six years later. The onetime dB drummer also plays keybs as he sings over his guitar buddies in a quavery drawl that knows the difference between funny-eccentric and eccentric-affected; his changeable band clangs and twangs, more Big Pink than dB's or Amy. He also knows the difference between a solid tune and a generic one. And he writes lyrics too. Sometimes they're as simply nutty as ". . . Wheelchair, Drunk," but usually they're also pointed--at Dylan worship, the eschatology of Ricky Skaggs, "The Jerks at Work." Many others bemoan his romantic ineptitude--often humorously, anything but on the come-back-darling "The Sweeter Thing to Do." I doubt it's about Amy. But I haven't researched the question and would just as soon not. Too painful. A-