The typically nonsensical 1960s liner notes to this self-titled debut do mention that Dennis Larden and Larry Larden of Every Mother's Son were folk singers and met keyboardist Bruce Milner in Greenwich Village. But their Wes Farrell produced album has them looking more like a Monkees outtake than serious folkies, and their Farrell/Goldstein composed leadoff track, "Come and Take a Ride in My Boat," would hit the Top Ten in May of 1967, re-titled "Come on Down to My Boat." The two brothers certainly can sing, and they take the melody almost as far as Jay & The Americans did in 1964 with Farrell's "Come a Little Bit Closer." The focus of the big single is missing on the album, though, especially on "Allison Dozer," which sounds like a bad marriage between the Kinks' Kink Kontroversy and More of the Monkees -- with "Your Aunty Grizelda" beating up on "Till the End of the Day." The one co-write by keyboardist Milner and Dennis Larden -- "Ain't No Use" -- is a nice slice of flower power on an album that simply doesn't know what it wants to be. Spanky & Our Gang could have covered "Come on Queenie," as could Tony Orlando & Dawn, but the musical experiments fail to identify with the red white and blue "all American boy" lettering on the front. Drummer Christopher Augustine seen reading Playboy Magazine on the back cover is more of an indication of image in turmoil. Had they stayed true to their folk/rock roots, the disc might have been a pleasant shocker to people picking up on it for the bright, sunshine pop hit single which starts things off. The first song on Side Two, "Ain't It a Drag," sounds like Michael Nesmith & Company by way of Greenwich Village, but it totally fails to register the way "Come on Down to My Boat" does. The hit has bounce with a great keyboard intro and guitar hook that promises -- and delivers. The exuberant "make you happy in my little red boat" vibe is found only in the song that gave them a name. True one-hit wonders on a curious album of mild interest for '60s pop fans.
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AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione