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The B-52's 9/1/2017

Review

Conventional wisdom has it that all the B-52's' subsequent releases are highly inferior to their debut. While Wild Planet is not the rarefied wonder their first platter is, it's still darn good. The songs here are generally faster, tighter, and punchier than previously, though production values are not as wonderfully quirky and detailed; fewer songs here are as over-the-top crazy as the first album's "Rock Lobster" or "52 Girls." These formless selections continue to exhibit a cunning mix of girl group, garage band, surf, and television theme song influences, all propelled along by an itchy dance beat. "Give Me Back My Man" allows Cindy Wilson a unique opportunity to croon a broad, expressive melodic line. Fred Schneider parades his inimitably nervous vocals on chucklesome ditties like "Quiche Lorraine" and "Strobe Light." The best songs here are "Private Idaho," a wonderfully jittery number that employs a variant on the famous melodic snippet from the Twilight Zone theme music, and "Devil in My Car," a delightfully loopy hoot that lays the craziness on very thickly. Performances and sound quality are fine. This album is well worth hearing and recommended. ~ David Cleary
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Party Out of Bounds The B-52's 3:19
  3. 2 Dirty Black Road The B-52's 3:19
  4. 3 Runnin' Around The B-52's 3:9
  5. 4 Give Me Back My Man The B-52's 3:57
  6. 5 Private Idaho The B-52's 3:33
  7. 6 Devil in My Car The B-52's 4:25
  8. 7 Quiche Lorraine The B-52's 3:56
  9. 8 Strobe Light The B-52's 3:58
  10. 9 53 Miles West of Venus The B-52's 4:51

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