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  • I, Swinger [Sub Pop, 1994] D+

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I, Swinger [Sub Pop, 1994]
Finally, recorded evidence of the more-cited-than-sighted lounge-music wave, including Nino Rota cover, stereo panning, Canadian Club vocals, and of course a vibraphone. In today's anything-goes environment, they might conceivably make music hepper than Liz Phair's or Pearl Jam's and more enduring than Leon Redbone's or Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks', only they're not talented enough. "Nothing coy here, no sly indie-rock wink, and never say `novelty.'" Right. D+