BOSS MARTIANS: The Set-Up: CD

Sounds like Second Coming or similar Dickies album of low consequence, but with all the humor and idiosyncrasies replaced by, you know, SERIOUSNESS (except for the three songs where they chuck that particular Wile E. Coyote-like master plan and decide to rip off Elvis Costello as brazenly as possible [“Run and Hide” ends a line with the word “defenses” phrased, accentuated and harmonized EXACTLY as it was in whatever Elvis Costello recording paired it with “present tenses”; “Oh, Angela” is almost impossible to listen to without chiming in “my aim is true!” every so often]). Yeah, there are a few neat keyboard and synth thingies here and there, but, ultimately, they don’t add up to much. “I Am Your Radio,” proclaims the band. Not really; i plan on listening to my radio again after tonight. BEST SONG: “Oh, Alison” er, i mean “Oh, Angela” BEST SONG TITLE: “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes” …oh, wait, that was somebody else. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Thank you list makes mention of a Madison band referred to as “Knuckle Drager,” the funny part being that they spelled this band’s name wrong because they forgot to misspell “Knuckel.”

 –norb (MuSick)