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The Stereotypes
Earthling Records

The packaging and recording are dated by design. It's as if 40 years of fuzz have collected on the guitars for that vintage Voxx sound. The obligatory Rolling Stones nod on "New Situation" struts and high-steps to a sticky groove of punctuated drum splats and glowing neon organ. "Stars" is lightly psychedelic with a jangle and a dreamy new love feel. A familiar darkness draws you down, as the delightfully mean-spirited "Drink" speaks for those lacking the stones, "Maybe if I drink you'll go away/maybe if I blink you'll go away/but you're still here."

As if they shot their wad at the start, rolled over and slept it off, the remainder of the disc is a wash of more modernized (read: 80's) jangle and strum. From the soaring and poignant "Dirty Sheets" to melancholy strains of a post-invasion "Almost Lost" and "Try Me", throwaway songs which seem to indicate that boys who have girls aren't allowed to rock anymore. Sleaze has been forgotten in favor of sentiment, and lacking the Velvet Underground's bite they fall into Dandy Warhol land. Well some of us need to rock vicariously, so turn it up boys!

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listing:
1. New Situation
2. Stars
3. I Drink
4. Outside
5. Dirty Sheets
6. Almost Lost
7. Try Me
8. Unsure

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