Miss Universe

Duh! (Rise)

Miss Universe used the delay between the August 1994 recording of Duh! and its release last month to make the 11 songs the very best they can sound live. That doesn't make the songs sound any less fresh on Duh!, it just makes the impetus for seeing the band play and buying the record more salient. Solid, Midwest-bred pop pours out of the record from the opening track "Where Are My Shoes?," as Chris Braun launches chunky guitar riffs intercepted by drummer Josh Power and former bassist Paul East. But the evening star in Miss Universe is Michelle Rule, whose voice swoops and soars in and out of Braun's smart, catchy songs - such as "...Shoes," "Peas in a Pod," "14," and "Love So Odd." Duh! goes to show that fun music isn't necessarily stupid and meaningless.

HHH - Margaret Moser

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