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Alice @ 97.3: Sarah and Vinnie Five Years of Spills

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Five Years of Spills features high (and low) lights from Alice @ 97.3's popular morning show, hosted by Sarah Clark and Vinnie Crackhorn. The mixture of lowbrow humor, goofy phone calls, and inside jokes isn't unique to Sarah and Vinnie's circus; indeed, it's delivered in a hysterical, slightly crazed tone that will be familiar to morning show listeners nationwide. It reaches out of radio with a big shoe called "Funny," when the goings-on are, in fact, rather petty. Sure, there's something to be said for the community that builds itself around a morning show's daily banter -- fodder for the water cooler and all of that. But like the majority of these morning zookeepers, Sarah and Vinnie too often veer into inter-staff gossip, dead end tangents, or disorienting crosstalk. Not only is it tiresome for anyone who doesn't actually work at the station, it's incredibly ineffective as entertaining radio. That some of these bits made it onto Five Years of Spills is even more incredible. In "Let's Get It On," the two hosts are caught up in an impromptu wrestling match, but what was likely hilarious in studio is meaningless and hard to follow for the listening audience. The album is filled out with contributions from the personalities' respective bands -- the trite pop/rock of Sarah's "Slappy" is positively genius compared to the thickheaded crassness of the Vinnie side project "Scrotum Pole." It's a safe bet that Five Years won't have much appeal outside of Alice's immediate fan base.

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