Picks and Pans Review: Mud, Lies & Shame

updated 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Wild Seeds

A lot of rock albums, even some great ones, are dotted with boring filler. So a listener appreciates the Wild Seeds for putting all the excellent material on the first side of Mud, Lies & Shame, their second album, while banishing all the mediocre tunes to an easily avoided flip side. Though there's nothing so awful about the songs on side two, they make the Wild Seeds sound like clones of 10 zillion American bands that produce country-tinged Southern rock. But on the better half of the disk, this Austin, Texas, based band shows some unusual talent and clearly has a good time doing it. I'm Sorry, I Can't Rock You All Night Long, sung from the viewpoint of a male who can't find the strength for Olympic feats of lovemaking, sends up the macho bravado and sentimental whining that so often fill rock lyrics. Though his tone is tough and sexy, lead singer Michael Hall can also deliver such lines as, "I don't want to cause no flap/ But I couldn't find my manly pride with a map." You Will Be Married to a Jealous Man seems like a more conventional country number until a surprise punch line adds a humorous twist. On their best songs, the Seeds match the originality of their lyrics with their robust, playful music. Kris McKay's country twang on backup vocals adds a pleasant contrast to the rockier style of her four male band mates. If they ever find enough unique material to fill a whole album, these Seeds could outgrow all the other bands that share the same down-home roots and then their career would sprout and...well, suffice it to say that they are a happy discovery. (Passport)

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