Picks and Pans Review: The Ghosts That Haunt Me

updated 10/21/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/21/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Crash Test Dummies

Like an improbable kiddie cereal made with bran, this Canadian group gives you sprightly Irish jigs and earthy-crunchy folk music, all rolled into one addictively sweet confection—and it's even good for you.

Led by vocalist Brad Roberts's laconic growl, this Dummies debut hops easily from the upbeat to the somber.

The lyrics often sound as if they were written by the same people who see Elvis at fast-food joints. The ballad "Superman's Songs," for instance, is a wonderfully goofball discussion of why Superman makes a better superhero than Tarzan. While the Dummies' mix of the silly and the sentimental, both musically and lyrically, may not suit everybody's taste, The Ghosts That Haunt Me is one record that never gets soggy. (Arista)

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