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Spin Doctors - "Nice Talking To Me"
(Ruffnation Music, 2005)

Staying true to their name, Spin Doctors returned to the music scene in 2005 after a six-year absence to create the most outrageously fun album since their debut, Pocket Full of Kryptonite in 1991. Though their sound hasn't changed a bit in the past decade and a half, it's difficult to fault a band for reviving what works. These ten tracks are perhaps a more true follow-up to their debut than 1994's Turning It Upside Down, which struggled to re-create the magic behind such hits as "Two Princes," "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" and "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong."

On Nice Talking To Me the band sounds like it's having a great time, as though anything not fun was simply thrown out the window. The title track should have been their first top 40 hit in twelve years. Unfortunately America's definition of rock these days is so badly warped that this proved to be an impossible dream. The album's been ignored by the bulk of the listening public, but maybe that's not so bad. Being out of the public eye may have been what allowed the band to craft such a crisp, clean, enjoyable album. "Margarita" is a straight-up fun track, an amusing lyric that fits Chris Barron's oddly accented vocals perfectly: "Revenge is sweet but success is sweeter," he sings. "So I take the salt from my wounds and put it in my margarita. I'm the new kid in the candy store; by the time you want me back I won't want you anymore!" This and songs like "Nice Talking To Me," "Happily Ever After" and "My Problem Now" make Nice Talking To Me the most fun album you probably haven't heard.

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