Still flying under the pop radar after 35 years of rollick and mischief, NRBQ delivers "Dummy," a raw rocking album of 13 tunes bred from spontaneity, humor and good-times gusto.

Still flying under the pop radar after 35 years of rollick and mischief, NRBQ delivers "Dummy," a raw rocking album of 13 tunes bred from spontaneity, humor and good-times gusto. The bulk of the songs are written by band begetter Terry Adams, the king of the clavinet, with ample help from fellow co-founder Joey Spampinato, bassist and love song crooner. Highlights include the rockabilly-flamed "One Big Parking Lot" and the title track that questions society's cultural dumb down. The only misstep is a vibes-smoothed take on Jobim's "All That's Left to Say Is Goodbye." The biggest disappointment is the low-key return of former 'Q ax grinder Al Anderson on Adams' political poke "Misguided Missiles." Rather than ratchet up a stingo solo, Big Al only gets to strum.—DO