R. Stevie Moore

How Can You Resist R. Stevie Moore?

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One of R. Stevie Moore's strongest early-'80s releases, How Can You Resist R. Stevie Moore? continues the experimental bent of immediate predecessors like Trial and Error and You and Your Employees, but it also features a renewed emphasis on Moore's talent for writing varied and hugely catchy pop songs. The first half of the album ranges from the tightly-wound synth rock of "Get the Job Done" (one of Moore's best songs from this period) to the punky guitar rant "Bad Posture," by way of the ethereal vocal overdubs of "Living Voices," the buzzing instrumental "Girls at Once!" and the lovely, largely acoustic ballad "Back Then." The album's second half is stranger, but nearly as satisfying, including the creepy, jangled synth instrumental "Tylenol Fall" (this album was recorded in October 1982, at the height of the hysteria engendered by the still-unsolved Tylenol poisoning's), and the endearing, amusing "The Official Tapeography," a stomping rhythm loop over which Moore simply reads the title and catalog number of all the releases available up to that point from the R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club, each followed by a brief snippet from the album in question. A quirky but immediately appealing release, How Can You Resist R. Stevie Moore? lives up to the title's not-entirely-rhetorical question.

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