Not much different from a typical Show Business Giants CD, the Apologists include longtime SBG collaborators Scott Henderson and Ford Pier. Kicking off with "Talk Minus Action Equals a Good Dinner Party" (the title a humorous swipe at local icon D.O.A.'s earnest "Talk-Action=0" slogan), "I Want You to Twist with Me" plunks, stomps, veers, hovers, and rocks all over the musical map. Lyrically it is more straight-forward than most Holliston releases; "I Need a Demographic" has Tom plaintively wondering who will buy his records, while "Fan Night" could be a Hanson Brothers outtake. There are, of course, obtuse and wacky references -- "Fussin' with the Tussin" is about getting high on cough syrup, and "Ernst Rohm vs. the NFL" puts the boss of the Nazi SA in front of the TV on a Sunday afternoon. Die-hard NomeansNo fans should know an uncredited Rob Wright can be heard in the intro to the bizarre guitar feedback instrumental "Pick Slide." Interesting but unessential.
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AllMusic Review by Laurie Mercer