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