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Classic Album Review: Gus | Word Of Mouth Parade

The L.A. singer-songwriter has talent — but not enough to stand out from the crowd.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Like a jillion singer-songwriters before him, Angelino Gus Black has an appealing, familiar-sounding voice — kind of like Bono covering David Cassidy. Or vice versa.

Plus, he can pen a decent, heartfelt lyric and set it to a dreamy, pleasant melody that can be tweaked into a Beckish, modern-rock single. And that’s the problem: There are a jillion other artists who do this just as well as he does. Some even do it better. What he really needed to do was come up with a way to make this sophomore CD memorable five minutes after you take it out of the player. Then a real word-of-mouth parade could start.