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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ralph Covert & The Bad Examples

Smash Record (Waterdog Records)

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When Chicago hipster Ralph Covert's family-music project Ralph's World took off (10 albums, Disney deals and a Grammy nomination), his days of recording with his fun power-pop band, The Bad Examples, seemed over.

But after years of promising the new studio album that the band's cult following craved, Covert & The Bad Examples finally deliver with the optimistically titled follow-up to 1995's Kisses: 50¢. Smash Record is stacked with the kind of irresistible tunes that made Ralph's World a sensation with the under-10 crowd. That said, this most certainly is not for Ralph's World listeners, although parents might be enthralled with such songs as "Kill Amanda" and "Your Ex-Girlfriend" ("I love sleepin' with your ex-girlfriend/ We're as happy as we could be").

Smash Record
shines with smooth and timeless guitar-based pop-rock—with a reference to Milwaukee, even, in "Jayne Left Behind"—made by Bad Examples past and present with a guy whose enviable knack for songwriting shows little sign of aging.


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