Ted Leo/The Pharmacists, 'Tell Balgeary, Balgury is Dead' (Lookout!)

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Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead
Critical Mass
Label: Lookout!

by Greg Milner

"But mine eyes have seen the glory of the fields of flowers and fa-fa-factory floors," Ted Leo sings on "The High Party." If you heard a near-subliminal reference to Elvis Costello's "Let Them All Talk" ("Have we come this fa-fa-far to find a soul cliche?"), then this odds-and-sods EP is for you. Alongside tracks from his excellent Hearts of Oak album, America's most literate post-punk covers English folkie Ewan MacColl, the Jam, and Split Enz, key influences all. And as always, Leo answers Elvis' query with a resounding no.

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