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June Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Well, my plan was to begin by giving the band a pat on the back for not trying to have a dumb play on words for a name and spell it "missile toe" but the press release says that they have changed their name from "missile toe" to "mistletoe" so I had to give that up.

I love this album even though it is a little long in coming. This is what you wanted to hear when Weezer was touring after the Blue album and you couldn't go, Kurt Cobain had just done himself in and the Smashing Pumpkins were busy making Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (happenings of other bands of the time have been left out because they are inconsequential to the review); when you had memorized every word and could hum along with every solo from the Blue album and Siamese Dream, you wanted something new to listen to, something that sounds just the same but also new at once. This is it six years too late.

The first song "Lo-Fi" is slow and meandering in it's guitar and vocal harmony, sounding more like Pedro the Lion than the Smashing Pumpkins or Weezer. Then as soon as the "Bad Dream" begins you know you're listening to half Weezer and half Smashing Pumpkins. Weezer supplies the simplistic straight ahead drumming style, the Pumpkins supply the distortion pedal and guitar work, they both meet in the middle and share the vocals and harmonies. To be clear, I'm not saying that any of the members from either of these bands actually perform on this album but it sounds like what I have described herein. The biggest noticeable difference is that every song is slightly more lazier than most of either of those bands'.

The last neat thing about this album is that it was recorded in various bedrooms across the United States, a fact that is lessened only by the band's two members' pride in repeating it for the effect it must give some people. Even with its being one of the ultimate do-it-yourself efforts it is mixed extremely well. Much like a Smashing Pumpkins' release on which Billy Corgan spent hours beating himself up to get it to sound perfect. I suppose I have displayed a lot of my early conscious in this review, whatever. This is a great mid-nineties pop album finally come out today. See them at their next Christmas show or on the website of the label they created to put their music out, which I'm sure has a link right above this review...

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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