Doug & the Slugs

Tomcat Prowl

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The 80s eventually caught up to Doug Bennett and company on Tomcat Prowl. After years of plying their trade as a bar band perched somewhere between Huey Lewis & The News and Australia's Mental As Anything, Doug & The Slugs finally gave in to drum machines, sequencers, synth basses and all the other then-hip production techniques that graced contemporary hits by the likes of John Parr or Glass Tiger. The result was a record that ends up sounding much more dated than the poppier, less ‘produced' albums Doug & The Slugs recorded half-a-decade earlier. Of course, the already-converted will want to check out Tomcat Prowl anyway – while the 80s production gloss is a serious miscalculation, it's not an outright disaster, and there are a few decent songs scattered about, particularly the piano-driven "The Same Old Story" and the live "(I Don't Want To) Walk Away". Everyone else, however, can safely skip this one, and concentrate on seeking out the stronger songs and better performances on any of Doug & The Slugs' previous albums.

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