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The New Dylans

  • The New Dylans [Caveat Emptor EP, 1986] B

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The New Dylans [Caveat Emptor EP, 1986]
Backed by bass and drums from 10,000 Maniacs of Jamestown, New York, James Scott Reilly and Reese Edward Campbell Jr. of Warren, Pennsylvania, make songs out of the shopping malls and bad marriages of their shitty little town (well, that's what they seem to think). Their Byrdsy hooks (out of R.E.M., by 10,000 Maniacs) decorate dense yet literal lyrics--lyrics whose specifics sour as you listen. Their name may not be as ironic as they hope--like Bobby, they read too much poetry. And love 'em or hate 'em, they don't say much for shitty little towns. B