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4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings
27 Ratings
Abe Froman Sausage Co. ,

This troubador will make you smile and bring you joy!

Who is Stan Ridgeway, er, Ridgway? Many don't know, but they would enjoy his musical offerings. From his Wall of Voodoo beginnings to his solo career, the guy is a uniquely talented indivudal. His songs are stories and they're catchy and fun to listen to.

Calling Out to Carol was a Top 40 hit in about 89 or so, but it is clearly bested by Lonely Town, Peg and Pete and Me (cool setup song about a devious wife cheating with Stan) and Mission in Life (oustanding commentary about everyday life and the value of a good bartender)! Of course, the piano dropping in Can't Complain is also quite memorable. I have to agree with the first reviewer, this album has aged extremely well. You won't be disappointed. Maybe this guy is even a bit of an "American Ray Davies", as his stories are superb!

frogger4 ,

This one has aged nicely

Stan Ridgway, the former Wall of Voodoo frontman, released several solo albums in the late '80s and '90s full of story songs that remind me of Warren Zevon tunes. Mosquitoes is the best of the bunch. The atmospheric first song gives way to songs draped in cynicism that would make Donald Fagan of Steely Dan green with envy. Some tracks are better than others: Essential downloads are "Goin' Southbound," "Can't Complain," "Newspapers," and "Calling Out to Carol."

SleazyLoc ,

Solid Album from Wall of Voodoo frontman

The album starts with Heat Takes A Walk, an instrumental that sets the gloomy,melodic tone, forshadowing whats to come. From there the album is a whirl wind of slice of life stories and embittered humor.Strong points include Peg and Pete and Me,Calling Out To Carol,Goin' Southbound and the finale A Mission in Life. Buy this album today.

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