Marvin Pontiac

Legendary Marvin Pontiac

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John Lurie is a brilliant and amusing musician, and his work with his band the Lounge Lizards strikes a nice balance between his sensitive musicianship and his wit. But masquerading here as the legendary (and fictitious) blues nutcase Marvin Pontiac, he lets the joke get the better of him. While some of the tracks are charming, like the West African-inspired "Small Car," too many are self-consciously cute, like the blues "I'm a Doggy."

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