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Great Fun alt-country-blues

Herodotus Bartleby

Gloria Deluxe, which consists of Cynthia Hopkins and a shifting cast of supporters, is a great little band. The songwriting is first rate, the singing is achingly sad, and the instrumentation (which often includes violin and accordion) is refreshingly different. "Pants (I wear them)" is humorous gem. "Nothing but a Lack" is a nice up-tempo number, with its punning title. My favorite is probably the bluesy "It's so hard to Say Goodbye." ALAS ALACK is not quite as inventive or daring as the more recent ACCIDENTAL NOSTALGIA, but in some ways that makes it easier to listen to.

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