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MP3 Middleman - Put Down That Baby and Fight!

Literate, melodic rock (with some roll).

12 MP3 Songs in this album (49:37) !
Related styles: ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, ROCK: Modern Rock

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CD Review of
Put Down That Baby and Fight!
By mojophilter on https://www.tradebit.com

Before we begin, I suppose I should put forth this disclaimer:

I know the guys in Middleman. We’ve played shows with them and I consider them friends. I was predisposed to like “Put Down that Baby…” from a couple years of familiarity. That said, I dare anybody to dislike this CD.

When I was 19 the legal drinking age was raised to 21. I had waited so long to be legal only to have the joy of public intoxication taken away from me. Similarly, all too often, I have had the experience of eagerly waiting for the release of an album only to be sorely disappointed when I finally dropped the needle. This was my biggest fear when I put Middleman’s Put Down That Baby and Fight CD into the tray. I’m a fan of the band, and have been looking forward to this disc since the moment I heard “People in Cars” almost two years ago.

I was not disappointed.

Simply put, this is a great disc, local or otherwise. It’s as if Middleman threw every great pop album of the last four decades into the still and produced an elixir with the refinement of a single malt scotch and the kick of Everclear grain. Revolver hits The Wall while the neo-club sound of Franz Ferdinand mingles with the minor-chord rock of mid-80s Smithereens and The Pursuit of Happiness gets back to its Grass Roots. Hell, I could go off on a referential bender with this eight-song wonder and wake up the next day without a hangover or the prospect of an early morning walk of shame.

I’ve said it before, but “People in Cars” is a straight up gem. The thumping pseudo-disco beat would carry this bit of ebullient pop along to the top of the chart if there was any real justice in top-forty music. “The Things We Fear” rocks hard behind the classic rock melody and slingshot chorus. It seems every song is instantly singable despite their inventive lyrics and chording. (The song five assertion “My Girlfriend Don’t Like My Music” must be a lie – A damn lie, I tell you!) This is songwriting in top form. Like the subtle bouquet of a well-made wine the arrangements are complex without seeming fussy with subtle (keyboard) notes combining to heighten the overall flavor of each song. Well-crafted and powerful, the disc lingers on the finish and fills the listener with more unexpected delights on repeated tasting.

In a world of Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill, this is Chateau Latour and Opus One. Here’s to Middleman and Put Down That Baby and Fight! I only hope the next disc won’t age so long before its release.

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