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Soul Rotation

The Dead Milkmen

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Album Review

The Dead Milkmen's first album on Hollywood Records is far from their best, and other than a few stand out numbers, it pales in comparison to their earlier and less reverent records. The inclusion of "If I Had A Gun" and the throwback gem "Wonderfully Colored Plastic War Toys" almost make the record worthwhile, but the Milkmen's gross out humor and repetitive song structures (which were oddly enough a good thing) seem to be something of the past. The epic "The Secret Of Life" manages to make the most of a slightly mature new sound for the group, and the riotous "The Conspiracy Song" is a paranoid delusion that could have only been cooked up by these Philadelphia natives, but other than these songs the record trails off a bit more than necessary and some of the jokes that once made the band such a pleasure to listen to just don't work as well anymore. This record marked the group's departure from Restless Records and in the eyes of many fans it also marks the end of an era where the band could do no wrong. Dead Milkmen diehards will still obviously find parts of the record to love, but compared to what preceded it, Soul Rotation's hits are too few and far between. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A perfect album

Look, this album is fantastic. If you like fun music that makes you want to sing along and smile, it's the perfect album for you. A little different from their previous efforts, this album features a smoother sound and more of a pop mindset than previous releases (all of which also are great). The Secret of Life, Belafonte's Inferno, All Around the World, Silly Dreams, God's Kid Brother, If I had a Gun, How It's Gonna Be and Shaft in Greenland are all standouts, although Wonderfully Coloured Plastic War Toys is a song that screams to be cranked at full volume. Buy the album and enjoy it. It's fun for all ages.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

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

During their heyday in the late '80s, the Dead Milkmen led a crop of college-radio jokesters that also included Mojo Nixon, King Missile, and Too Much Joy, among others. Playing a basic, happily amateurish brand of punk-pop, the Milkmen skewered popular culture, indie trend-followers, and the intellectually challenged, while frequently indulging their taste for tastelessness. Critics alternately praised and dismissed the band as geeky, juvenile wiseasses — virtually every review seemed to contain...
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