Maybe you can't judge a book by it's cover...but records are an entirely different matter. I'm not sure if the fellow on the album sleeve is Cripples mouthpiece Shawn O'Brien, but whomever is striking that rather pointed pose would probably suggest to the potential listener they might be in for a cheeky listen, to say the least. O'Brien, as they say, is a character, more specifically one that possesses a timbre that sounds like a sardonic amalgam of Buster Poindexter and Huey Lewis. His bandmates however aren't quite on the same page, conjuring up the feel of the Plimsouls and to a lesser degree the Flamin' Groovies on the winsome and melodic title piece. Elsewhere, these players are patently '80s. Without a doubt, O'Brien is the heart, soul and crutches of the Cripples, so if you ain't down with his none-too-serious m.o. What's in a Name might grate on your nerves a tad. I'd still give this a whirl, if only because I appreciate where these chaps are coming from musically.
By the way, the Cripples made an appearance on the soundtrack to the 1980 flick, Cruising.
01. What's in a Name
02. Easy Access
03. Heart Like a Boxer (For Lisa)
04. Real to Real
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