Humansville 893

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Review Text Brave Combo's fifth album, 1988's Humansville tones down the occasionally self-conscious giddiness of the band's earliest records. The humor seems less forced, with no hints of "Dig us, we're the wacky polka guys," and there's a slightly more serious mien to the album. Not that a Brave Combo album can be anything but lighthearted: Any group who essays covers like the Mexican pop standard "Besame Mucho" and the easy listening classic "Poor People of Paris" on the same album has to have a few giggles up their sleeves. The pinnacle of goofiness, though, is the closing track, "Tubular Jugs." Yep, it's a three-minute condensation of Mike Oldfield's prog-rock classic Tubular Bells, done in a jug band style. The funniest part is that it works, and that, as on the rest of the album, Carl Finch and crew put the song over not with a smirk, but with passionate, red-hot playing that gives the tune its due. For that reason alone, Humansville is the album on which Brave Combo leaves the novelty band tag behind for good. ~ Stewart Mason

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Money Can't Buy Everything - 2:09
  2. 2. Canto a la Salsa - 3:01
  3. 3. Besame Mucho - 3:33
  4. 4. Our Imagined Image - 2:12
  5. 5. Viva la Reina - 2:59
  6. 6. Chem-Oo-Chem - 4:13
  7. 7. Poor People of Paris - 2:19
  8. 8. Negra - 3:47
  9. 9. Night - 2:11
  10. 10. Can Can - 1:28
  11. 11. Move - 4:02
  12. 12. Tic-Toc Polka - 1:24
  13. 13. Ay! Me Duele - 3:54
  14. 14. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning - 2:54
  15. 15. Tubular Jugs - 3:01

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