BOBBY JOEL EBOLA AND THE CHILDREN MACNUGGITS: Carmelita Sings!: Visions of a Rock Apocalypse: CD

This is a reissue with a few extra tracks from when the album came out from a few years ago. This is basically vaguely folky punk like the Dead Milkmen, but with some more theatrical vocals. This is actually pretty catchy, but in a way that I don’t really like. This album tends to bring to mind what would happen if one of those guys who writes silly songs to play at preschools and after school programs decided to put together a band and shoot for a more mature audience of thirteen- to seventeen-year-olds. Also, at thirty-two tracks this is just too long, because by track six or seven, the jokes just start wearing thin. I’m not down on goofy songs, because bands like the Dickies, The Hanson Brothers, and The Briefs can pull them off magnificently.

 –Adrian (Thrillhouse)