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Gabby La La 

Be Careful What You Wish For ...

Wednesday, Jul 20 2005
Produced by Primus frontman Les Claypool for his Prawn Song label, this stunning CD debut by eccentric 25-year-old multi-instrumentalist Gabby La La could be subtitled "Something Wacky This Way Comes." But that's only part of the story. A minimalist effort, Be Careful What You Wish For ... is a bright, shiny studio concoction of La La's and Claypool's kaleidoscopic imaginations. Front and center: La La's curiously elfin vocals, singsong melodies, and whimsical lyrics: "You could be a little golden flea/ Not just a lucky charm/ But the life of the party." Then there are the instrumental idiosyncrasies: La La plays sprightly ukulele, sitar, accordion, toy piano, theremin, and Afropop guitar; Claypool provides a thumping bottom end on bass, drums, and percussion. Granted, the tunes may sound a bit peculiar at first, but closer attention reveals gems of pop merriment, variously catchy or groovy, with spare, elegant arrangements and an overall feeling akin to a children's game, like Pin the Tail on the Donkey, which despite its veneer of strange discombobulation is basically wholesome fun.

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