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Flamin' Oh's: Oh! [Fat City, 1982]
This engaging, unpretentious, skillful, and ultimately forgettable collection of pop-tunes is the kind of indie album that makes me hope everybody involved is in it for love. Musically and lyrically, its straightforwardness is charming and tangy--there's none of the calculated swarm that marred so much L.A. pop, and none of the creative strain you can hear in New York bands like the dB's and the Individuals. But by the same token it's hard to tell why these Twin Cities boys care so much about the style, and thus it's unlikely they'll make anybody who isn't within hailing distance care about them. Point of information: a follow-up is imminent. B