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Mud Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Another in a long line of Mud records bands to call it quits, Sarge leave us with this 14 track scrapbook of a few new songs, a bunch of live songs, a couple of covers and miscellaneous debris.

The only new material here, the first three tracks, could have probably represented better if released alone as an EP instead of alongside the live tracks. "Detroit Star-lite" is classic Sarge shifted into the high end of their pop-punk gearbox, much like the rollicking "Fast Girls" from The Glass Intact. "The End of July," like 99% of Sarge songs, is about a boy, this time slowing the guitars down to focus on Elizabeth Elmore's untrained but effective soft voice. Elmore, although regularly shifting between lyrical guises of battered, scarred sweet girl and tough, conniving bitch, is always recollecting relationships gone awry. I don't know how many guys have fucked around or left her in real life, but in the realm of Sarge songs it sounds like a lot - hopefully the lyrical stabs are metaphorical and not borne of personal experience. In the opening track her boy "didn't call ... just slunk in with the morning light" but by the time "Clearer" opens up she is singing a different tune: "now I mark each new morning by whose bed I climbed out of last."

The final two tracks, one of which is new to me and the other, "All My Plans Changed" (an acoustic version of "The End of July"), are Elizabeth solo with her acoustic guitar. With her touring-band merit badge firmly in place, all she needs to be the next big thing is some new lyrical material.

After blurbs in everything from SPIN and Rolling Stone to Salon, Sarge was probably a bit over-hyped last year, but they were always a solid rock outfit with plenty of spunk and an unfortunate Girl-rock tag. The new songs, along with the cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" from the overlooked "Stall" single, make this album worthwhile, although you'll probably want to skip most of the live tracks, which, save for "Stall" and "The First Morning," are pretty bad.

Reviewed by Cassie Glanney
An occasional contributor to LAS magazine who loves life, liberty and libation. As of the last report, she was living in Houston, Texas with her dog, Ponch.

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