The Elvis Brothers

Adventure Time

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The second and last of the Elvis Brothers' major-label albums (a reunited trio self-released a third in 1992), 1985's Adventure Time is a little slicker than their debut, Movin' Up. There's perhaps a little too much of the standard mid-'80s production gloss (credit/blame producer Adrian Belew, whose terrific work with the Bears shows that the erstwhile art rocker does know his way around the power pop idiom), but not so much that the largely impressive batch of rootsy pop songs is overwhelmed. All three Elvises -- guitarist Rob, bassist Graham, and non-singing drummer Brad -- write individually, with Graham's overtly Beatlesque tunes the most immediately appealing. Although Graham's "Holy Moly" and "Crosswinds" are probably the best tracks here, Brad's "Count to Three," featuring a prominent horn section and some James Jamerson-like bass runs, sounds like Holland-Dozier-Holland as reinterpreted by the Raspberries, and suggests what could have been an intriguing new direction for the band had they not broken up after Portrait Records dropped them.

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