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Patchwork Quilt contradicts its title. Far from feeling scattershot, the disc is infinitely more consistent than its predecessor, RV Livin'. Yet it retains a lot of the lunacy that made the earlier album so likable.

Musically, the theme is blues rock, with the Lewis boys -- guitarist Pete, bassist Phil and drummer Tony -- wailing like time travelers from the late '60s, when excess always hammered subtlety. That's certainly the case on "Life of a Clown," a strutting wah-wah showcase -- and Pete's goofily sincere vocals add to the madness. He even inserts a Tenacious tongue roll into the line "Back when we rocked underground," from "Take It Back a While" -- a flourish that will spur most listeners to laugh with him, not at him.

When it comes to Quilt, Storytyme, which celebrates its new CD on Saturday, April 14, at the Boulder Theater alongside Born in the Flood and Meese, has its sound sewn up.


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