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Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Oct. 2, 9 p.m. 2008

Wreckless Eric is probably the only recording artist in the world who’s been covered by Cliff Richard and Will Ferrell—but apparently nothing can cheer up this gravelly voiced Englishman. “The Downside of Being a Fuck-Up,” off the new Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby (Stiff), draws from the same deep well of cranky pessimism as “Whole Wide World,” his 1977 new wave hit (which Ferrell sang in Stranger Than Fiction). Frankly, his curmudgeonly attitude could get a little hard to take if he weren’t so damned tuneful—and truthful. Turns out he did have to go around the world to find love: he married American singer-songwriter Amy Rigby this spring. Rigby’s built her own career on polished country-pop songs about the struggle to keep love, family, and her sense of self intact, so the two might seem like an odd couple, but the way she folds a sharply drawn lyric about the banality of failure into a dreamy melody on “A Taste of the Keys” proves that they’re well matched. In concert it’s just the two of them on guitars and keyboard, backed by a few beats out of a laptop. They’ll play songs off the new album and from their respective catalogs. —Bill Meyer

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