Andy Prieboy, who replaced Stan Ridgway as vocalist in Wall of Voodoo, scored by writing the track "Tomorrow Wendy," which appeared on Concrete Blonde's surprise 1989 breakthrough album Bloodletting. The following year he released his solo offering Upon My Wicked Son and Johnette Napolitano returns the favor by performing a duet with him on a version of the song. Upon My Wicked Son ranges in tone from cabaret to dark, L.A. alternative rock, mostly to good effect. Prieboy is a literate writer and his voice, a bit reedy at times, fits the material well. Standouts include a surging cover of Canned Heat's "On the Road Again," the bouncy, alternative pop of "Nearer to Morning," and the eerie "Loving the Highway Man." There's also some truly bizarre stuff like "Maybe That's Not Her Head" and "Big Rock Finish." Not for everyone, Upon My Wicked Son is most likely to appeal to fans of Concrete Blonde and Wall of Voodoo.
AllMusic Review by Tom Demalon