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OTIS BALL (Buy CDs by this artist)
I'm Gonna Love You 'Til I Don't (Bar\None/Restless) 1990

A transplanted Midwesterner who joined the Hoboken scene, singer/guitarist Ball has a whiny voice perfectly suited to songs that poke fun at celebs from Buddha to Charles Manson, as well as several women who are no doubt nearer to his heart. The two exceptional songs that make this light, warm self-produced pop record worth many a return visit are the rollicking "Walk on Water" (They Might Be Giants provide the insidious chorus vocal hook) and the anthemic title track, a wondrous let's-live-for-today credo that's somehow both sad and strongly optimistic.

[Scott McCaughey]