Royal Crown Revue

El Toro

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The swing/lounge revival may be passé, but that matters little to the Royal Crown Revue. They preceded the trend with their blend of swing-era pop and jazz, old-style Hollywood kitsch, alt-rock, zany humor, and spirited live presentation. Their first disc since 2004's Greetings from Hollywood, El Toro is a six-song mini-album with a couple of RCR's distinctive, ebullient originals and a nifty cover of Neil Diamond's tribute to male paranoia, "Solitary Man." Whenever life or music seems too stuffy, these Royals earn their Crown as kings of neo-swing, and offer listeners a tidy tonic.

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