Picks and Pans Review: Full Service No Waiting
On the liner notes of this, his sixth solo album, Case explains that the songs were "composed on a '60s Smith Corona manual acoustic word processor...." Case is not just being cute, though you might expect as much from the cheeky, new-wave rocker turned folkie who titled a 1989 album The Man with the Blue Postmodern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar. These 11 songs unfold like yarns typed by a crafty short-story writer. When a shotgun suddenly appears in the window of a black car racing from Kansas City in the opening track, "Spell of Wheels" (cowritten with his son Joshua), a listener tenses just as the narrator does while "waitin' for the blast." Vivid imagery (in Minnesota, folks "spend the winter in monochrome") and word play ("She's my sweeter than honey child") abound. Having helped his L.A. band, the Plimsouls, earn a reputation for tightly crafted power-pop tunes, Case dissolved the group in 1983 after two acclaimed albums. Trading his skinny ties and rocking band for an acoustic guitar and harmonica rack, he comes out on top with this collection of energetic—and literate—pop-tinged tunes. (Vanguard)
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