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Fifty Reasons To Explode
Mammoth Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Pop. Power pop. Power pop. Catchy. Really catchy. Power pop. Power pop. Schatzi.

As it might be implied, Schatzi plays all out power pop. They kind of sound a little like the Get Up Kids, but sound much more like Weezer playing a much more charged "Suzanne." They play, as has been mentioned, catchy music, the kind the kids these days can get excited about. (I've been told I'd make a good grandmother, I don't know.)

Catchy melodies are quite easy to find on the album, but if you're looking meaningful lyrics, I'd advise you to search elsewhere. The first song, "Indivisible," starts off, so you can get an idea of the lyrical content, "Smoke is not a fire/ you're the death defier/ Prosecute mulatto/ execute mosquitoes." The lyrics don't get much better, but what did you really expect- power pop isn't exactly known for incredible content, is it?
The best song on the album is somewhere in the middle, entitled "Gladys." Its sort of Weezer, circa Pinkerton, just not so heartfelt. "Death of the Alphabet" sounds a lot like Stroke 9 (ughh!) just not so bad, even like Saves the Day on Stay What You Are.

This is the kind of music people listen to on their way to the beach. If you are anti-power pop, stay way clear of the album, as there is no way you'll like it. It's nothing deep, just simple, I'm-in-a-good-mood-and-I'm-going-to-the-beach power pop. If you happen to be looking for I'm-in-a-good-mood-and-I'm-going-to-the-beach power pop, then you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for something to change the face of music as we know it on your way to the beach, you'll probably be quite angry you bought 50 Reasons to Explode.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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