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Album Review: Matthew Parker | Greatest Hits!

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Matthew Parker Greatest Hits!

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A man and his tune troupe recently assembled for some romp 'n' roll that destined this quirky, 12-track disc for the lo-fi zone. SUNY New Paltz music student Matthew Parker (aka Marty Ralto), along with Jared Nelson and others, use mostly synth, guitar, and drums to kick it off with "P.L.U.R." (peace, love, unity, respect), a sped-up spiel on civility. "Tony Hawk" pays tribute to the skateboard pro with a ska tune to seduce hopping youth, trombone buffs, and PlayStation junkies. If you want to be "Instagram Famous," here you'll find some digital disco to tell the tale, along with a hee-haw ode to a truck, a bubblegum ballad, and something about butts. The slapdash insert reads more like a zine or doodle book, if you need to catch up on some light reading or view random nachos or a propane tank. No matter is immune, no genre AWOL. Submit to the senseless.

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