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Album Review

Oh What a Lovely Pie is the sound of a band at its creative end, trying, perhaps to keep a torch lit that would prefer to yield to the wind. Perhaps a more appropriate analogy in the Cosmic Psychos case would be trying to keep a bulldozer engine running when it's day is done. Not to say – even for a minute – that the band doesn't have its merits, or that this is a bad album; it's simply to indicate that Oh What a Lovely Pie is the creative nadir of this fine Australian garage punk rock band. The Cosmic Psychos had long relied on playing the simple hand – basic riffs, vocals snarled with an accent and a workingman's attitude, a thumping rhythm section, and some wah-driven guitar leads. Makes for a great rock show down at a small club, and a band like this could play to a rough and ready crowd for decades, but that doesn't always equal good albums. Earlier in their career, the Cosmic Psychos issued some great material – Down on the Farm, Blokes You Can Trust, Go the Hack, and even the one prior to this, Self-Totaled, but this one shows a once proud formula grown tired of its own reflection.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most notorious Australian pub rock bands, the Cosmic Psychos officially began their journey together in 1985. Living by the rule of thumb that you should drink before you play a show because your friends might drink all of the beer, the Psychos gained a reputation for not caring about money so much as the free alcohol, laughs, and overseas traveling involved with being in a rock band. Over the course of seven full-length albums, one best-of collection, one EP, 11 singles, and more than...
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