Darkside of the Rumours

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On his second album, Darkside of the Rumours, Milo continues where he left off, singing off-kilter, jokey, and bizarre songs such as the gloomy, morose "Happy World" and the hilarious country sendup "Jesus Loves Me Why Can't You?" This time out, the D.I.Y. production is better -- clearer, warmer, and richer. Milo's resonant voice serves him well on the many country-flavored tunes like "Work." "Subway Girl" apparently derives inspiration from the Violent Femmes. In all, Darkside of the Rumours is a scattered affair but an improvement over the debut: it's eclectic, parodic, occasionally obnoxious, grotesquely maudlin, and frequently downright funny.

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