Rude Mechanicals

The Prologue Is Addressed

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With a limited amount of time to record and ideas in abundance, the first album from this Prince Edward Island-cum-Toronto group evokes all the mental and audible ideas such a process has: quick, silly tunes; some good songs while others are in dire need of editing. "Her and I" has a funk-filled groove but goes for the obvious rock bridge instead of an extended jam. The trilogy of "The Shortest Song in the World" does a disservice to both band and work, as any cohesiveness is lost with these comedy bits more apt to appear on a Monty Python album. Despite some drawbacks and elongated numbers, the talents of both singer and rhythm section are worth the wait on the soft pop of "Rapunzel" and "In the Past."

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