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The Pigs
Oink!
Disturbing Music
www.disturbingmusic.com


I thought the crest of this new, new wave had already passed, but The Pigs are showing me things a little differently. "Saturday Night" is not a re-make of the old Bay City Rollers' tune; rather, it sounds like it belongs on a The Cars CD, or anything fronted by Ric Ocasek. "Stand Back" contains the herky-jerky vocals of a Talking Heads tune, and the album overall is very polished with memorable hooks and very little filler. That's a big thing these days: people need a driving reason to actually want to buy a whole album, and Oink! delivers in that arena. The only knock I have against this album is that it doesn't deviate much from the same formula that created great bands like The Cars, so there's not much new under the sun here. I'm not hearing enough of anything that could be quantified as their own sound regardless of how well they've executed it. And that's the only thing keeping me from giving this our must-have branding. That aside, anyone looking for an essential element for their Next Wave collection simply must add Oink! to their lineup.

-JD

Track Listing:
1. Saturday Night
2. Paradise
3. Stand Back
4. Sweetheart
5. Heartbreak Street
6. I'm Sick
7. I Don't Need It
8. Oh Girl
9. Doesn't Anyone?
10. Beat Me Up


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