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Armed and Extremely Dangerous

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Other than the title cut, a remake, and a Motown wannabe, there's little of substance here. The wannabe, "This Is the House Where Love Died," was their debut single and was popular in their hometown of Philly; they sound just like Martha & the Vandellas on the midtempo Motown-ish track. Their second single, "Armed & Extremely Dangerous," was explosive -- its tough story line and pulverizing hook should have placed it higher on the charts, but it stalled at number 11 R&B and number 28 pop. A remake of "Love & Happiness" works, but "Smarty Pants" and "Newsy Neighbors" are bubblegum-ish attempts at commercialism that failed to crack the R&B Top 20.

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