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Pink Razors (Fat Wreck)
I feel like a dick for writing this, but after my first listen to Pink
Razors, I thought this would be one of my favorites of 2005 if only
they had a different vocalist (Ben Weasel came to mind as an admirable
K.J. Jansen writes some good goddamn songs.
They rock with the ripping edge of a rusty razor blade, are fun as
all get out and most clock in around the golden 2-minute mark.
That said, Jansen’s vocals have that sort of pop punk inflection
and phrasing that generally just gets on my tits.
(But, weirdly enough, at times he sounds just like Lenny from Darkbuster,
and I do love Lenny’s voice). What
a fuckin’ quandary. So I
listened to the disc a few more times, and lo and behold, the vocals
actually started to grow on me. Pretty
soon I realized that the opening track, “Welcome To The Daiso,” an
infectious thumper about Jansen’s discount store of choice, is now one
of my current favorite songs. “Jimmy
The Con,” tells of an ex-con who ran for mayor of
that’s where these guys are from) in 1989, and it rules too. “You’re
Pretty Good,” (about lukewarm praise received after a show),
“Geocities Kitty” (Internet dating adventure) and “J Crew” (clash
between 2 modern youth subcultures) are also all interesting, clever and a
blast to sing along with. The
“hidden” track at the end finds the band boozing it up and listening
to/talking over a replay of the entire CD.
It’s entertaining- though I don’t think I could listen to it
all the way through more than once- and makes me think these guys would be
cool to drink beer and swap stories with.
Hell, baby, I wouldn’t have thunk it after my first listen, but Pink Razors actually is one of my favorite releases this year just
as it is. –Ben Hunter