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Rolling Stone

Bill Janovitz and Crown Victoria Fireworks on TV! (Q Division)

After bouncing between the laidback and fiery personalities of his solo and Buffalo Tom releases, singer-songwriter Bill Janovitz has found something of a happy medium. Evidence of the point can be found throughout the fifteen songs from Janovitz's latest release, Fireworks on TV!, especially in the tune "Mary Kay." The song builds from an evocative opener to a rev-'em-up, chock full of harmonies chorus – courtesy of Crown Victoria, his touring band of Phil Aiken (piano, organ), Tom Polce (drums) and Josh Lattanzi (bass) – that's just as hooky as anything he's ever written. What's kept Janovitz on so many radar screens since Buffalo Tom's 1989 debut is the ease in which he taps into universal emotions without leaning on cliche. Fireworks furthers this reputation with a sound that's reminiscent of Grant Lee Buffalo, Old 97's and the dozens of bands that were born in Boston's legendary Fort Apache Studios. (DAVID JOHN FARINELLA)

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