The Gomorrans: The Gomorran Social Aid And Pleasure Club

[20 May 2007]

By Jason MacNeil

I’m not sure what to make of the Gomorrans, especially when they give you “I’m a Good Woman” to chew on. Here the band blends jazz, Balkan brass, pop, and some Latin touches for an interesting if odd result. Think of the Soundtrack of Our Lives if they were tamer and inspired by tuba players. Meanwhile, “Whiskey Paycheck” is an old-school ragtime-ish ditty that could be mistaken for the Squirrel Nut Zippers. The same can be said for the shuffling, strolling “Not Sleeping” that saunters along, and the high-stepping “Fried Fish” which is probably the album’s true toe-tapper. Some instrumentals are also thrown in, including the alluring “Klangzmeirtong” and the frantic klezmer of “The Westbrook Two-Step”. But these songs are fabulous compared to the tired and stale “The World Has Never Known”.

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