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True Life Songs & Pictures

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Imagine yourself in Las Vegas walking into the door of the famous Circus Circus, you begin to look around and notice the clowns, tight rope walkers, carnies, video games, trapeze artists. After you are done taking in all the sights you begin to notice the background music that sets the theme of the whole place. If you were to get a hold of the track-listing from the album, there is no doubt that the opening track from True Life Songs & Pictures, "How to Get There" would be in the mix. Fortunately or Unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the album does not remain as wild as the first track. The best way to describe this band would be folk-rock with a touch of punk including a banjo, fiddle, guitar, one-string washtub bass, violin, cello, accordion and mandolin. These Instruments vary throughout the different songs on this album; sometimes they all appear in a song and sometimes only a select few of them appear.

Maybe I'm more jaded than I thought because this band claims to be "jug rock" and in the dictionary that I store in the back part of my brain no such word exists. Regardless of what type of music 86 plays, they pull it off. As a musician I give every member of this band prop's for putting these eleven songs together, putting together songs with so many different instruments is harder than it may seem. Overall this is a solid record musically but for me the type of music its just so different than anything else I listen to I don't think I could get into it that much and the lyrics are somewhat immature "walk to school, act like a dork, you're at the cafeteria and you eat with a spork." I would suggest downloading a couple of these songs to see if you like it and if you like it right off I'm pretty sure that you will love the rest of this album. But for me, I think I will just stay away from it.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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