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The Neville Brothers: Fiyo on the Bayou (A&M)

Laura Fissinger, Musician, October 1981

WHAT THE hell is a music that thinks of itself in a perpetual present tense going to do with a rapidly accumulating history? Performers like Gary Numan decide to ignore the question and slap together a thoughtless pastiche of stolen goods. Archivists like Robert Gordon obviously fell to their knees at the shrine of the forefathers and haven't gotten up yet. But a band like the Neville Brothers, they know what to do with their yesterdays.

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