Tom Holliston

Tom Holliston & His Opportunists

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On his first solo release, Tom Holliston abandons most of the zany pop cultural references and caroming stylistic changes that typified his earlier releases for a more straight-ahead, almost roots-rock approach. As usual, the CD boasts a top-notch collection of musicians from the local Vancouver/Victoria scene solidly supporting Holliston's skewered view of such themes as family values, advertising that preys on sexual fears, trophy wives, and celebrity stalking. There are some stylistic diversions -- most notably the rockabilly-boogie corker "The Strong and Absent Type" and the almost a cappella doo wop "Motormouth" -- the rest of the album fits firmly in the same camp as such quirky alt-rockers as They Might Be Giants or Ween, albeit with that special Holliston flavor. A well-played, entertaining, and solid recording. Recommended.

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