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The Naysayer

  • Deathwhisker [Carrot Top, 2000] **
  • Heaven, Hell or Houston [Carrot Top, 2002] Dud
  • Pure Beauty [Carrot Top EP, 2003] A-
  • Kitten Time [Red Panda, 2004] **
  • Smoke Reality [Red Panda, 2006] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Deathwhisker [Carrot Top, 2000]
Exile in grrrlville ("Currency," "Plans"). **

Heaven, Hell or Houston [Carrot Top, 2002] Dud

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-

Kitten Time [Red Panda, 2004]
Sixteen brief, quiet, sardonic meditations that require your full attention ("Silent Night," "New Jersey Baby"). **

Smoke Reality [Red Panda, 2006]
Poker-faced folk joker models hippie drag in Cali and Oregon, then returns to Brooklyn, where she belongs ("Do It on a Leaf," "I'm a Shark"). ***