dressy bessy


V.20 No.4 | 1/27/2011
Lousy Robot is Joey Gonzales, Dandee Fleming, Jim Phillips, Jack Moffitt and a rockin’ brick wall. (Note that Phillips’ flowing coif is harnessed in back.)
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Everything in the World Is All Right

Lousy Robot releases a third album. Twice.

Lousy Robot

Lousy Robot plays power pop wherein the power isn’t always obvious. The songs are catchy but front man Jim Phillips’ lyrics bite harder than the music might lead you to believe. In other words, come for the hooks, stay for the poetry. It’s like buying a box of sugarcoated cereal and finding that the free prize inside is a weather-beaten diamond ring: It doesn’t need polishing and, like a battered “Antiques Roadshow” rarity, the appraisal would drop if the treasure were cleaned up.

Originating as the minimalist but striking Hey, Dandee! in 2003, the band has since stepped up its production values. Lousy Robot’s winningly modest debut The Strange and True Story of Your Life. was followed by the more complex Smile Like You Are Somewhere Else. The latest release, Hail The Conquering Fool (produced by long time associate John Dufilho of The Deathray Davies and The Apples In Stereo), is by contrast a rabid pop behemoth.

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