Monday, July 12, 2010

That's What Little Girls Are Made of--Greg Trooper: Five One-Liner Reviews (2003)

(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )

That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of (Music for Little People). Uneven, like most of MFLP’s thematic compilations, but the lowlights are few, and the highlights (Maurice Chevalier’s “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” the Monkees’ “Daydream Believer,” Rebecca Pidgeon’s “Under the Table”) are enough.

Thee Midnighters: Greatest (Thump). Twenty tracks stretches east L.A.’s answer to ? and the Mysterians too thin, but for mid-’60s bootstrap garage rockers at home with both lounge and neopsychedelia (and “Whittier Blvd” and “Land of a Thousand Dances”), they sure had their moments.

Rufus Thomas: Funkiest Man Alive: The Stax Funk Sessions 1967-1975 (Stax). Makes what James Brown made look easy look hard.

Thursday: War All the Time (Island). Oversensitive youth who, having failed to learn from the anguished, hand-wringing metal of the past, are apparently doomed to repeat it.

Greg Trooper: Floating (Sugar Hill). The singer-songwriter mean (as in median and average) en route to becoming a mean singer-songwriter (as in “When My Tears Break Through” and “Hummingbird”).

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