One of the wryest lyrics ever to come from the Gorky's collective, "Young Girls and Happy Endings," a stand-alone single released after the appearance of Barafundle, merrily tackles the art of songwriting itself. Childs' ever-sweet vocal says it all from the start: "You know young girls like happy endings...coz without all these happy endings, what would happen to my industry?" And from there into a stream of intentional clichés, even while the music happily mutates in true Gorky's fashion from tight rocker to wistful, trippy zone-out, the latter especially fine on the mid-song break. "Dark Night" reappears from Barafundle itself, killing time if nothing else, leaving the final song as the other focus of interest, "Marching Ants." Nothing to do with the Dave Matthews Band's "Ants Marching" -- at least as best as can be told -- it's a lyricless but not vocalless combination of easy-listening "ba-ba-ba" bits and slightly martial music, entertaining but not essential.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett