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Album Review

It was the usually prescient Dorothy Parker who remarked that men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses. Obviously, she didn't live long enough to know Robert Ray and Dale Lawrence, or at least hear this fine debut. If the songs these two craft out of elliptical bits of unfinished (or one-sided) conversations are to be believed, girls wearing glasses are the ones who interest them most. A dozen near-perfect roots pop tunes (one co-written with pal Walter Salas-Humara of the Silos) address simple concerns, like driving and changing the world all around, to a steady four-four beat that just about accomplishes that latter feat with only the occasional syncopated accent. Recommended.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Roots-pop combo the Vulgar Boatmen was led by the singing/songwriting team of Robert Ray and Dale Lawrence; living in Gainesville, FL and Indianapolis, IN, respectively, the duo collaborated primarily by mail, each rehearsing with local musicians (some of them later recruited for recording sessions and tours as well). Jim Bays, Carey Crane and Michael Derry rounded out the Vulgar Boatmen line-up on the group's 1989 debut You and Your Sister, produced by Walter Salas-Humara of the Silos (whose Bob...
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