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Urge Overkill: The Supersonic Storybook [Touch and Go, 1991]
Mix-and-match bohemian one-upsmanship brings us . . . what is this, anyhow? Fashion-plate metal? Lothar-EOAOR? I'm obviously no judge of their . . . what are those, designer leisure suits? Indeed, the Chicago mafia may believe I'm no judge of their metal/AOR, either. But bohemian one-upsmanship I know, and these guys are so deep in hype Maurice Starr is lucky they're too old to be new kids. With their sludgy hooks, whiner groans, and arrogant exoticism, they're about as "subversive" as a spirochete--a social disease waiting to happen. C