The Brothers of Invention

Yo Mama Dresses You Funny

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With a direct nod to the late Frank Zappa in the band's name, it is not surprising, then, that the music on Yo Mama Dresses You Funny is a frazzled collection of time-signature changes, oddball lyrics mumbled into the microphone, screaming guitar solos, and a perverse sense of humor coupled with an acutely sociopathic social consciousness. Rubbery guitar lines and white-boy funk rhythms make up the bulk of the material, which also combines genres such as the cocktail jazz of "East Coast Scene" with more straight-ahead rock & roll. The disc's shortcoming, like Zappa's, is that it is sometimes too smarmy for its own good, trading emotional appeal for a good larf.

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