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Fambly Fun: As It Always Was

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Fambly Fun call themselves a hip-hop act, but electronic rock takes no back seat on this 10-song local release.

Even the most overt rap track, "Crack Money," is awash in catchy synth lines reminiscent of the Limousines.

The spoken-word verses of the title track are punctuated by dramatic waves of piano and jazz interludes.

Fambly Fun's songs are by UW-Madison music education student Corey Murphy, backed by John Praw Kruse and Sam Ludwig. Murphy has produced tracks under other, less pop-oriented projects such as K Wilhelm.

His penchant for experimentation shapes the sound of this recording, too. The beats go silent on "The Feast," an eerie track that blends minor-key synth with doomy bass lines.

It's a chilling diversion that doesn't detract from the disc's party-music feel. Fambly Fun may be hard to categorize, but their catchy songs make them easy to like.

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