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Saturday Looks Good To Me
All Your Summer Songs
Polyvinyl Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

April 28, 2003
The first thing about Saturday Looks Good To Me that may jump out of the speakers and onto the tracks is all that damn reverb everywhere. No matter which road you turn on, reverb seems to be right around the corner, which is strange to hear on a Polyvinyl release, but we'll get to that later. However you slice it, the influences that these Michiganders wear on their tattered ex-punk rock sleeves are pretty obvious, that being The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Motown, and a lil' Stephin Merritt for good measure. One of my friends expressed his distaste for the album claiming: "Fuck! Why would I listen to this shit if I could just listen to Pet Sounds?" Truer words have never really been spoken.

There is no question, however, that Saturday Looks Good To Me are quite the anomaly. Here they are, pretty much unknown to the rest of the world, besides Ann Arbor house show rats and 16 year-old Saves the Day fans (with whom they toured with last year, sans record label and booking agent, after the emo-cum-pop band got a hold of their last release), signed to a fairly popular label, that despite their efforts, will always be pigeon-holed for having released records with a specific sound. So this is my ponder: who the hell is going to like this record anyway? What was Polyvinyl thinking?

The answer may lie in the hands of those with the deepest hearts, as well as the kids with the keenest eye for indie rock guest stars. The pop explored on All Your Summer Songs is in fact something most bands aren't really touching these days, and in the face of the post-punk explosion and electro-shock madness, Saturday Looks Good To Me's reverberated odes to lost-love are as refreshing as Gatorade after a stair-climbing marathon. Guests like Ted Leo, Ida's Daniel Littleton, Elizabeth Mitchell and Karla Schickele, and Tara Jane O'Neil, along with constant Erika Hoffmann keep the variety high on All Your Summer Songs, as it almost becomes an adventure to figure out who is singing on which song. It's like an indie Missy Elliott record or something. And when Fred Thomas, who really is Saturday Looks Good To Me, steps up to the mic to let out his wavering croak to mutter lines like "And we'll come home smashed/ and we'll forget to ask/ and break in half all over the bed," his honest attempts to sing can be so endearing that it's hard not to want to get as close to the speaker to hear every word. The fact is, is that if you have a jones for the kind of pop that Belle and Sebastian forgot to make on their last few records, then you'll be enjoying the best thing to come out on this label since Braid's Frame and Canvas, for completely different reasons.

And when summer does finally roll around, it'll be tough to not want to cruise around town, having songs like "Alcohol" and "Underwater Heartbeat" pumping from your stereo. Sure it's no Pet Sounds. But it ain't no "Long Knives Drawn" either.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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