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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
One of my favorite meals has become a rock band.

On their eponymous EP, Cheeseburger kick out the lo-fi classic blues-rock, but that's about all they can muster. Taken individually, each track is short and catchy, but the EP as a whole unintentionally blurs together into a lackluster ten-minute escapade. Vocalist Joe Bradley, as well as the rest of the band, fail to meet the abilities-or sexiness- of more skilled outfits like Danko Jones, groups they ape.

All four tracks on Cheeseburger fall into the broad category of anthemic party rock (I'm pretty sure he's chanting "funky time" somewhere in "Cocaine") and are aptly-titled as such, "Saturday Night" more so than any other. This track launches off with "A little weed/ and a little speed," and while there's nothing wrong with that in practice, the clichéd chorus negates any notions that Cheeseburger occupy "the place to be".

"Pirate" - the EP's least rock-decadent track - smacks you in the face with the blues right from the start, but the poor production quality leaves something (clarity perhaps?) to be desired. Even with repeated listens, few major distinctions between tracks are found, making Cheeseburger a rather bland listen. Considering the fact that Cheeseburger can't seem to deliver in the distilled forum of a sub-ten minute EP, one wonders of the necessity for a full length.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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