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Unfair Record Review
On the 1/10/06 show, Tom delivered one of his Unfair Record Reviews for Stevens's Illinois, the alleged Album of the Year for 2005.
Summary of Tom's thoughts and grievances:
- Pretentious cover (Soupjam Stevens invites you to...)
- Really pretentious song titles (perhaps co-written by the people at McSweeney's)
- FLUTE: strike 1 and 2
- What is this -- a play?
- A bad Kinks album from the mid-70s
- Disgusted that "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." may be written from the POV of Gacy's parents (it actually isn't)
- Bad Randy Newman
- Excessive in length -- not required to fill up a CD's 80-minute capacity
- Old-timey theater music
- Bad Elvis Costello
- Bad Van Dyke Parks merged with 8th-rate Elliot Smith
- Already done by Robert Pollard on Bee Thousand
Tom gave his approval to the track "Chicago" and expressed initial interest in "The Man of METROPOLIS Steals Our Hearts" before aborting it.