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Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 04/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Vulgar Boatmen are perhaps THE most criminally underappreciated American rock band of the last 15 years. To date, they have released three studio albums, only one of which, their 1989 debut "You and Your Sister," is currently available. But there is good news! A company called No Nostalgia records is preparing to re-release all of the band's albums within the next year or so. Here's hoping it happens.As for "Please Panic," it is the Indianapolis band's second album, released in 1992. The VB's sound is a more pop-ish version of R.E.M., but what really puts them over the top is the AMAZING songwriting abilities of co-leaders Dale Lawrence and Robert Ray. These guys infuse nearly every song with a catchy hook and/or a memorable chorus, so much so that it is baffling that they have had so little success breaking into the mainstream. The highlights on "Please Panic" include the mid-tempo "You Don't Love Me Yet" (for my money, the band's best song), the single "Don't Mention It," "You're the One," and "We Can Figure This Out." As with every VB album, there is a strong consistency from track.Overall, another outstanding success from a little known band that deserves a MUCH larger audience. Search this one out and you won't be sorry."
P. J. Burke | Oak Creek, WI | 12/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great stuff. Along with The Silos, The Reivers, Hoodoo gurus, and The Ike Riley Assassination, among the great "undiscovered" bands of the alt-rock era. You won't find a catchier tune than "You don't love me yet", and there's not a bad song in the batch. It's one of those bands that when they come to town, you take a chance and see them--you can't believe they don't garner more attention. They put on a great live show. Check out their other great Cd "You and your sister". Highly recommended."