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The Mommyheads
Finest Specimens
Dromedary Records
www.mommyheads.com


Indie pop bands can be a fun thing to review. Often they aren't afraid to be quirky and odd and say things in surprising ways. Sometimes it can even leave you surprised that you haven't heard them before and that they aren't more popular. Take The Mommyheads, who have released a retrospective album spanning their career called Finest Specimens. As a critic who had never heard their music before, I wasn't sure what to expect. Once I gave the album a fair listen, it became obvious that this was a band that should have been more popular than they were.

If there's anything that will keep you from really getting into the band, it's going to be the production. It isn't fully polished and feels like a low budget indie band. That said, it isn't bad and doesn't distract from the songs themselves. Those songs are fun, often short, and are almost always infectious. Take something as simple as "Spiders", where lead singer Adam Elk sings about having an obsession with spiders. The simple hook gets deep into your brain and the laid back, casual music helps you to be moved along by the songs' brisk pace. Then you have odd metaphors such as the ones found in "Like A Brick." The song muses on what it's like to be a brick, holding up people every day, serving a purpose despite not being alive. The singer then wishes that he could find his purpose and that he could hold up himself. It's not a metaphor found in the average song on the subject, but it's clever and makes it stand out.

The rest of the album follows suit, with lyrics that are fun and allow the listener to just enjoy the carefree pop music. Sometimes that's all you really need out of an album. This will serve as a great first introduction to The Mommyheads and shouldn't be passed over. Any fan of pop music should add it to their library, it's a shame the band didn't get more attention when they were first active in the late eighties on through the nineties. But with their recent return, perhaps they will be able to gain some more notoriety in the future. I know this album has won them at least one new fan that will be waiting for more.

Rating: 8/10

-Brenden Kirch

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