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Washington Post Review - January 11, 1998

ADAM WEST: 'Mondo Royale'
Named for the guy who played Batman two decades before Michael Keaton, ADAM WEST obviously has a thing for the '60s. The D.C. quartet's "Mondo Royale" (Fandango/Object) contains references to James Bond, Cream (a bit of "Sunshine of My Love" interpolated into "Wrong-Way Ronnie") and '60s L.A. psychedelic band Love (WEST's "6 & 6 Is" echoes the title of Love's "7 & 7 Is"). The group is most convincing playing fast ("Speedbump") and hard ("Rocks Will Fall"); a sepulchral cover of the Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs" is the album's least interesting track. There's nothing novel about ADAM WEST's subjects (sex, love, drugs) or metaphors (booze, cars); the band clearly sees no reason to diverge from the classic-rock models.

By Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, Jan. 11, 1998


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