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Great recordings? Easy to review: Just use the enthusiasm the music stirs, and the words take care of themselves. Terrible albums? A snap, too, since the unpleasant feelings they produce lead naturally to anger, resentment and nasty adjectives. But the mediocre ones? Those are tough. Jeff Kingery, ClobberJaw's main man, can sing (albeit in a voice typically associated with helium and balloons), and he's adept at playing assorted guitars and keyboards. But Toxic Syndrome tracks such as "Punch the Clown" and "Proximity" draw from the sort of '70s and '80s art-shlock fare that's better for comic relief in I Love You, Man than it is for 21st-century listening. Next time, make the music a lot better or a lot worse. Either way's fine by me.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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