The Set-Up

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
These Seattle garage punks stick with producer Johnny Sangster for their fifth album, which finds the band whittled down to its core of lead vocalist/guitarist Evan Foster and keyboard whiz Nick C. Musically though, they continue to grow as they move into early Costello/Cheap Trick pop/punk. The songwriting has taken a major step forward, along with the sound, but both are still firmly rooted in the scrappy '60s style that is obviously close to the duo's hearts. Foster could stand to lose some of his overt Costello-isms on songs like "Run and Hide," which sounds like an outtake from This Year's Model. But there's no denying the propulsive thrust of "Looking for You," with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
These Seattle garage punks stick with producer Johnny Sangster for their fifth album, which finds the band whittled down to its core of lead vocalist/guitarist Evan Foster and keyboard whiz Nick C. Musically though, they continue to grow as they move into early Costello/Cheap Trick pop/punk. The songwriting has taken a major step forward, along with the sound, but both are still firmly rooted in the scrappy '60s style that is obviously close to the duo's hearts. Foster could stand to lose some of his overt Costello-isms on songs like "Run and Hide," which sounds like an outtake from This Year's Model. But there's no denying the propulsive thrust of "Looking for You," with its Townsend-like guitar runs and cheesy synth bubbling under the surface, or the opening, driving, double slap-in-the-face of "I Want to Be Your Addiction" followed by "Kill My Telephone." There is some late Beatles influence in the "I Am the Walrus" opening riff of the epic "Vows," which, at five minutes, is the album's longest and most creative track as it breaks into an unusual Santana-ish jazzy midsection. The Doors are also evident in the closing, slightly experimental meanderings of the title track. The Boss Martians get a lot of mileage out of three chords, and even though we've heard all the elements before, the twosome mixes them with enough explosive energy to make this crisp music seem fresh, if not quite new again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Musick Recordings
  • UPC: 612645002129
  • Catalog Number: 21

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Wanna Be Your Addiction (2:43)
  2. 2 Kill My Telephone (2:31)
  3. 3 I Am Your Radio (3:38)
  4. 4 Walk Away (3:48)
  5. 5 Oh, Angela (3:00)
  6. 6 He'll Be Around (3:49)
  7. 7 Opportunistic Girl (3:23)
  8. 8 Never Let It Happen Again (4:54)
  9. 9 Run and Hide (2:13)
  10. 10 Looking for You (2:44)
  11. 11 Stress Case (4:02)
  12. 12 Vows (5:01)
  13. 13 The Set-Up (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boss Martians Primary Artist
Dusty Watson Drums
Evan Foster Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Nicky C. Organ, Synthesizer, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Trivett Wingo Drums
Technical Credits
Jack Endino Engineer, Mastering
Evan Foster Composer
Johnny Sangster Producer, Engineer
Art Bourasseau Executive Producer
Keth Christensen Cover Design
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