Entertainment Weekly - 11/5/99, p.83
"...in fine mettle, with pearly Beatlesque beauts...lots of loopy wit...and the rockin' energy that makes them irresistible live....a sound that's rootsy, sweet, comic, and cosmic." - Rating: A-
NRBQ: Johnny Spampinato (vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, mandola, trombone); Joey Spampinato (vocals, acoustic guitar, C-melody saxophone, bass); Terry Adams (vocals, keyboards, percussion); Tom Ardolino (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Dorothy Sands (vocals); T-Bone Wolk (banjo); Jim Hoke (flute, harmonica, tenor saxophone); Kami Lyle (trumpet).
Recorded at Soundesign, Brattleboro, Vermont.
Personnel: Johnny Spampinato (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandola, trombone); Joey Spampinato (vocals, acoustic guitar, C-melody saxophone); Terry Adams (vocals, keyboards, percussion); T-Bone Wolk (banjo); Jim Hoke (flute, harmonica, tenor saxophone); Kami Lyle (trumpet); Tom Ardolino (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Andersen; Chris Anderson ; Danny Bernini; Derrick Jordan; Mark Tanzer; Billy Shaw; Carl Nappa.
Recording information: Soundesign, Brattleboro, VT; Soundesign, Rattleboro, VT.
Arrangers: Jim Hoke; Joey Spampinato; Kami Lyle.
This self-titled album comes 30 years after NRBQ's also-eponymous debut. NRBQ is the band's second studio album (the other being YOU'RE NICE PEOPLE, YOU ARE) since guitarist Johnny Spampinato replaced Al Anderson after his 22-year stint. The 15 songs include highly personalized, rootsy numbers ("Puddin' Truck," "Tire Of Your Permanent"), gorgeous uptempo pop ("Sail On Sail On," "Take Me To Your Secret"), romantic balladry ("Love Came To Me"), and hard-to-classify novelty numbers ("Birdman," "Termites").
The rhythm section of drummer Tom Ardolino and bassist Joey Spampinato is still a wonder to behold, full of surprise, invention, and good taste. As has been the case since NRBQ's WILD WEEKEND album, the keyboards of founding member Terry Adams assume a broader role here. Johnny Spampinato's guitar playing is again shown to full effect (after the two live albums, TOKYO and YOU GOTTA BE LOOSE), and he effortlessly fits himself into the interplay of this amazing and long-running quartet.