Adult Rodeo

Texxxas

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Adult Rodeo play a loose, playful, intimate, and undeniably catchy mixture of alternative country-rock and indie pop that seems to emanate from a psychedelic haze. On Texxxas, they establish their country cred by name-dropping Loretta Lynn and singing about sin (rhymes with "darlin'" and "win") in their usual affected drawls. They also go off on flights of free-associating lyrical fancy and sing lines such as "I know a girl who has got some boobs, I like to hold them and put them in my shoes" ("Please Please Please") and "Joey Ramone on the elevator, Kramer on my couch, Double O Seven he's in the Swiss Alps, Havana and her mouth" ("Celebrity Bing"). Perhaps this album would have been more accessible if it had been more disciplined; it probably would have seemed less self-indulgent if the band had pruned away their least-realized material from this collection of 20 songs. But the lack of focus is as much a part of the band's shtick as the humorously offbeat lyrics and cheap-sounding keyboards. You probably won't like Adult Rodeo if you're particularly annoyed by archness, but otherwise you might enjoy them and their eccentricities.

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