Shoot Lucy

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Minneapolis/St. Paul natives Shoot Lucy alternate between driving rockers and country-tinged ballads on their debut album, but what gives the band an edge in the quest for attention are humorous, often self-deprecating lyrics in the style of a band like They Might Be Giants. Whether leader Dave Berntson directs that biting humor towards himself -- as in "The Man," "All the Time", and "Smack Me" -- or against others whom he dislikes -- like "Larry" and "Shut Up" -- it is the most notable characteristic of the group. However, the band does not only play the jester. There are some more sobering songs, such as "A Little Bit Worse" and "Heaven and Hell," as well as some endearing pop tunes like "The Sweetest Thing" and "No Regrets." "Between the Lines" is inspirational in tone and shows that not everything in the band's world is dreary and sarcastic. In the end, though, one comes back to the band's sense of humor as the most likely way it can rise above seemingly average musical abilities and move towards garnering wider notoriety. This debut recording shows a band which could easily gain a sizable cult following. All it needs is an opportunity and the right forum.

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