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Red Hot Valentines
Summer Fling
Polyvinyl Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Jump in the car, pick up some friends, roll the windows down and take off. Go see the sights you've always dreamed of and make the memories you always wished you had. Don't let life dictate what you should do, but bend it to your own rules. Make life an adventure.

Although this is much easier said than done, the Red Hot Valentines album Summer Fling is convincing enough for you to forget all about the things holding you back. This latest offering from the Champaign, Illinois band is a fun romp of emo-tinged power-pop irresistible enough to get you out from behind your desk to behind the wheel of your car. If you've yet to take advantage of all that life has to offer, this record will stir your heart into action.

From the first blasting notes of the lead track, "Wait for Summer" you know this album is going to be as fun as it's title suggests. With crisp guitars, pop-punk style vocals, semi-typical emo-lyrics, and the Red Hot Valentines' defining use of the moog, Summer Fling continues in the same direction led by the Red Hot's previous effort, the Calling Off Today EP. Much like it's three-track predecessor, Summer Fling prides itself on high production quality and less of a dependence on Mr. Moog to solely define the band's sound. Instead of prevailing as a second lead singer, he's been beaten down to backing vocalist status, and he fits there just fine. Even though their sound is incredibly predictable, the songs they produce are too fun and infectious for it to matter. From the Cars inspired "This Heart of Mine" and "One Last Kiss," to the strikingly honest ballad "I Want to" and the Weezer-esque stylings of "Christine" this record is a prime suspect to be the soundtrack to your own summer fling.

And yes, even at a first listen you'll know this record is indeed for the kids, but if you give it a chance it'll give you the freedom to lighten up a bit and have a good time. If you want to be deep, intellectual and mind-blown this summer, pick up the excellent new offering from Radiohead. But if you want to let loose, enjoy yourself and fly with the summer breeze, this is the record that you'll want around.

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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