October 15, 2002
Cornerstone RAS
Pop/Rock, Third Wave Ska Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

The Ziggens' fifth album is a cheery, cheeky album of power pop mixed with various echoes of vintage 20th century rock styles like surf, cowpunk, and doo wop. If there's much to distinguish them from numerous other bands who travel some of the same territory, it's the frequent avowedly humorous, sometimes goofball lyrics. There's an "everyday guy" feel about some of these stories and observations, and you don't hear every such band talking about employee abuse, plastic surgery, Jesus' 40 days in the desert, and "The Man With the Pushed in Face" (which has a lick that borrows too liberally from "Rock Lobster"). While the lack of pretension is admirable, the lyrics aren't so witty as to invite much thought, examination, or belly laughs. They do get serious sometimes as well, as on the tender country-pop ballad "That Kinda Man," which is only OK, but is more affecting than their satirical whimsy.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Debutante
  2. I'm Gonna Miss You
  3. Just the Way You Aren't
  4. Pistol Pete
  5. Rincon
  6. I Get Yelled at Alot
  7. Plastic Surgery
  8. See You Now
  9. The Man With the Pushed in Face
  10. That Kinda Man
  11. I Fought the Lawn
  12. Temptation
  13. Not So Much
  14. Beat to Pieces
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