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Experiment in Error

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Nowadays, instrumental bands have a tough road to find attention. But this Dallas outfit is smart enough to bring back the time, as late as the '60s, when vocal-less incursions in the charts were amusingly common, and jaunty practitioners like Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass could cross over hits like "Spanish Flea" into the Dating Game theme. Experiment in Error is modernly produced, vintage fun from all over the spectrum, with happy organs you used to hear at sports arenas, the Western guitar rock of Duane Eddy and the Shadows, bits and pieces of spaghetti Western films, lots of Henry Mancini (the "Baby Elephant Walk" kind), "Music to Watch Girls By," Tex-Mex, and shades of Alpert, the Cars/Devo, and a primary '80s precursor, Wall of Voodoo. With this kind of upbeat joy, you don't need singing.

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