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  • Summary: R.E.M.'s Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck along with ex-Dream Syndicate member Steve Wynn and Miracle 3's Linda Pitmon team up together to create an album of songs about baseball.

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Ted Fucking Williams
Everyone's so kind and humble Don't you know that I can see right through it? Keeping all their comments down You know it ain't a boast if you can do... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. 80
    Aside from the roistering music, what makes this ultimately so appealing is they way McCaughey and Wynn universalise their subject.
  2. The insightful tunes are cleverly composed, with a sharp sense of wit and a comprehensive knowledge of the game.
  3. Far from being a throwaway side project, this unique album is as refreshing as a gapper to right center, providing, of course, it's your team up at the plate.
  4. Poring through hardball's rich history with the exhaustiveness of true geeks but the wit and empathy of born songwriters, Wynn and McCaughey repeatedly manage to draw effortless metaphorical lines between baseball and life.
  5. These guys, backed by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, don't flash too much leather; they make the routine plays and put good wood on the ball.
  6. Blender
    Sometimes they're tossing salad, with predictably sappy songs about sainted all-stars Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson, yet theyre funny throwing chin music at cult figures Fernando Valenzuela and Harvey Haddix. [Sep 2008, p.76]
  7. Mojo
    This sort of works, but clearly their obsession lies with the lyrics. [Sep 2008, p.106]

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