Liquid Plumber


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In a perfect world, Mmm...Good would have been heralded by every sharp music critic as another piece in the college rock puzzle of greatness. But it's not anything in particular that stands out and makes Mmm...Good outstanding, it's the fact that everything fits together in place almost effortlessly that makes it a solid rock record. Mixing quirky but smart lyrics on par with the Flaming Lips and the Pixies and the musical suaveness of Blur and Camper Van Beethoven (with a pinch of They Might Be Giants thrown in), lead singer Mikey Piontek wears his heart on his sleeve for a series of honest confessions touching on a variety of topics, ranging from printing presses, llamas, and thinly veiled love songs to his muse. The album's finest moment resides in the epic surrealist fairy tale "Reese Caro the Collapsable," which gives Genesis and Rick Wakeman runs for their creative storytelling money. However, one thing that sets this band apart from the rest of the quirky alterna-pop bands of the era is that there was no pretension to what Piontek and company were doing. It's all quite simple, actually. Intelligent lyrics, sharp musicianship with a sense of humor (with mildly dark undercurrents), all rolled into a 40-minute release that rocks.

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