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WYSIWYG

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Having captured our attention with ”Tubthumping”, British politico-rockers Chumbawamba cut loose on their follow-up ”WYSIWYG,” excoriating boy bands, closed communities, computer geeks, media junkies, and Bridget Jones. Thankfully, they realize the importance of melody in protest songs and temper the commentaries on this brassy, 22-track rock-vaudeville album with girl-group ska, Carnaby Street pop, doo-wop, and country shuffles. But even addictive tunes can’t disguise that targets like album stickering and Rock Hudson’s gay deception are thumpingly dated. B+

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