There is a little unspoken rule in critiquing: Say at least one
good thing first before moving on to the bad. I am going to do
the exact opposite of that here. When I popped this album in and
began listening, I just kept thinking: "Man, this band has
so much going against it." First off, the production of the
album is under par, but not as bad as the Donnas' first
album Donnas. Second, the singers border on tone-deaf and
nasal, which isn't helped by the low quality of the lyrics. And
lastly, the songs themselves are too basic, lacking any sort of
structural emphasis other than their straightforward nature.
Now that I got that out of the way I can talk about the album's
positive points. I loved it. From beginning to end. Seriously,
if I lost this album today I would have to go to my computer
and order another for tomorrow. It's just that simple. Rarely
as a reviewer do I come across an album that I would have actually
bought had I known about it. Thank you, for sending me this
album, you made me very happy.
I was enthralled and hooked from the first play. Mostly it has
to do with the overall vibe of the album, it has an energy and
a sort of chutzpa, that just slaps you in the face and says "like
me or not, I just am." But I likey, I really, really likey.
Even though the singers can't sing and the lyrics are just plain
stupid, the vocal lines really bring it together, and make the
songs catchy. For example in the song "Kilometres",
the lyrics go essentially like this: "My girl/ is so far
away/ got to get laid" The last word could be "away"
but I would like to give the band more credit since they didn't
give me a lyrics sheet. Bad lyrics, great song.
A big plus for this album is that, for a three piece, the songs
are well defined individually. I would almost compare the differentiation
between songs to the likes of The White Stripes. They fill
the space in songs well, with precisely timed drum emphasis, nicely
placed bass lines, and simple lead guitar lines, that prove the
fact: a little goes a long way. One other complaint, which is
more of a compliment, is that the album is way too short. Twelve
songs in twenty-six minutes. I am hooked like an addict, and just
want more. Do you remember the old days when punk bands used to
put twenty plus songs on a CD? You guys should do the same, really.
Anyhoo, if you like the feeling old Violent Femmes gives
you, and the energy of palatable punk-rock, then I highly recommend
this album to you. Now if you will excuse me, I have to go to
their website like a junkie, and order some of their earlier albums
to get my fix.
1. Frozen Thin
3. Academy of 3
4. Chemical Favours
5. Narrow Peaks
6. Green Alumni
8. New Brighton The Mighty
9. Insides Out
10. Sound Steelers
11. Practice Prude
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