July 13, 2006


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Gene Dante and the Future Starlets, Gene Dante and the Future Starlets
Surreal Records, 2006

Nothing wrong with thieving from the Dolls and Bowie, particularly when it’s done more than well enough for whatever tenuous glam resurgence may be forthcoming (unless it’s already here, for those actually keeping track).

On the other hand we have here a promoter’s nightmare, a Boston-based bunch afflicted with artistic ADD who make it supremely difficult to advise readers on the seriousness of their strictly musical output (Dante has done some theater, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and a Boston Rock Opera production of Jesus Christ Superstar with Gary Cherone and Chris Mascara). Going back to front over this EP, “Adfrank vs Neil Diamond” is a post-Iggyism remindful of Rocky Horror, “In Lieu of an Overture” ghouls up Sweet’s “White Mice,” and “Little Belle” would have made terrific Changes filler 30 years ago. All of it functions fine, although one does get the impression that Dante is so busily occupied with la vie boheme in general that a full-length probably won’t show up until werewolves conquer the earth. B-

— Eric W. Saeger

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