Vain and company recorded several authentic originals; "The Real Deal" swings and jumps like a juke-joint standard from the '50s. But after that, the covers keep a-coming. In addition to a punchy take on Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler," which complements the tattoo-like illustrations of aces and dice on the CD's cover, the Village Vandals break out the Animal House soundtrack. The group drops an electrifying but reverent version of "Wonderful World," Sam Cooke's "don't know much about biology" song. "Unfinished Business," meanwhile, darts through "Shama Lama Ding Dong," the Otis Day classic. And like Day, Vain'll make you want to shout as well.
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