The Young Fresh Fellows

Temptation on Saturday

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The Young Fresh Fellows' final release before a six-year layoff (during which time leader Scott McCaughey divided his time between being an adjunct member of R.E.M. and leading his own ever-evolving combo, the Minus Five), 1995's Temptation on Saturday is a return to the bash-it-out style of early YFF classics like 1985's Topsy Turvy and 1986's The Men Who Loved Music. The songs don't have the same bratty, silly air, but this is not a problem; McCaughey has grown enough as a lyricist and melodicist that his '60s-influenced (but never slavishly retro) songs don't need it anymore. Songs like "Supersnazz, Pt. 1," with its sly Flamin' Groovies references, are perfectly satisfying, so much so that the closing pair of revved-up covers, Jonathan Richman's "Roller Coaster by the Sea" and the Dictators' "Teengenerate," sound like mildly entertaining afterthoughts. Fans of Nick Lowe's '70s work will find much to like here.

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