You're up at three in the morning, flipping through the channels, when you happen to stumble across Robert Frost wearing a "911 Is a Joke" T-shirt as he starts to make all the Romper Room kids cry by playing sweet M.O.R. on an out-of-tune six-string made out of David Cronenberg prosthetics. Some would shake themselves out of such a fugue and decide to take the dog for a walk. Some -- like ex-Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine's Jim Morrison -- would try to replicate the experience in song. And so it goes with this sympathetically weird debut, dropping punk-rooted insecticide to snatch the closest kitchen sink '80s pomp nearby. The R&B-baiting "Could U B the 1 I Waited 4" is Carter's "The Only Looney Left in Town" being played on a Casio keyboard at little Ethan's bar mitzvah, while "When You're Gone (Parts 1 & 2)" whispers in your ear moments before it launches into some Baptist honky tonk affair with indoor fireworks. What's the message? Who knows. Maybe just a cautionary tale to pick up more Public Enemy records.
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AllMusic Review by Dean Carlson