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The Naysayer: Pure Beauty [Carrot Top EP, 2003]
Because Anna Padgett's voice is deadpan by divine design, her brain better back her body up--like on these five quietly outrageous, wickedly funny songs. A young angel waits while her living lover dates. A young ne'er-do-well hires her liver a lawyer. A young dumpee's faucet drips and lightbulb goes out. Amputation saves a marriage. And then there's the climactic title trope: "Your dick is like a stick of pure beauty to me." She said it, I didn't. A-