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Poster Children
(spinART Records)

Following up last years somewhat disappointing "New World Record", Poster Children have managed to completely tear down any notion of a musical turn for the worst with their latest, DDD. Opening with a tale of a pyromaniac's coming of age, "This Town Needs A Fire" displays the sensible song writing that has kept PC fans interested for the last few years. "This Town..." is power-pop meshed with in an in your face sing along chorus.

With such a bold opener, there may be concern that the entirety of the album will pale in comparison, but the next cut, "Strange Attractors," will put your fears to rest. The understated instrumentation of this song and high production are the perfect mix. This is arguably one of the best songs the Poster Children have ever released.

Continuing through this disc, we find high-energy rants about PC's views on their place in music with "Zero Stars" and their musical philosophies on "Rock and Roll." The latter suffers with the finely placed high note, covering the words "shit" and "fuck" in the chorus. "I don't give a sh(high note) about rock and roll/ I don't give a fu(high note) about rock and roll." Musically, it's not annoying, but when singing about indifference towards the rock genre, it seems that PC are concerned with being their own censors.

Traditionally, Poster Children have managed to show as much inspiration and thought in their slower songs as they have on their trademark post punk guitar thrashes. The lack of that same standard is the only real disappointment on DDD. Both of their slow tempo songs on DDD, "Daisy Changed" and "Silhouette" seem contrived and uninteresting. The other tracks will easily make up for what these songs lack; it's hard to skip these songs with any reservation.

While DDD has many stand out tracks, like the aggressive and dynamic "Perfect Product" (which it very well may be), it is an album that deserves a listen from beginning to end. The album as a whole is it's own piece of ear candy. This is a highly recommended album for post punk and indie rock fans and a definite jewel in Poster Children's crown.

-Tyler Jacobson

Track Listing:
1. This Town Needs A Fire
2. Strange Attractors
3. Daisy Changed
4. Zero Stars
5. Time Share
6. Rock And Roll
7. Persimmon
8. Elf
9. The Old School And The New
10. Judge Freeball
11. Silhouette
12. Perfect Product
12. Peck N' Paw







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