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Wreckless Eric & Amy Ryan, A Working Museum
self-released, Oct. 30

10/25/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



More and more Kickstarter-financed albums are coming in here, none of them ill-advised, and this is easily the best one yet, a full-length from two early proto-punks. You may (or, more likely, not) know Wreckless Eric from his 1977 Stiff Records single “Whole Wide World” (covered in 1995 by Mental As Anything), or likewise Ryan, who recorded “Dancing With Joey Ramone.” So, anyway, we see here that they’re old punks, so the Public Image Ltd sounds that come at you aren’t much of a surprise. But it’s not just a PiL thing; these guys are able to turn minimalist Postal Service electro-twee into a pretty badass Arcade Fire-ish rockout (“The Doubt”) for one thing, and then turn right around and act their sort-of age with a few punked-up Strawberry Alarm Clock moves (“Days of Jack and Jill”). I could go on and on, but the basic thrust is that this is an amazingly solid set with a lot of diversity — an ear to what’s happening now mixed with primordial Sex Pistols and a good dash of no-wave. AEric W. Saeger

 






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