Lost Causes

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Self-releasing CDs has gone from the last, brave recourse of those disaffected with conservative corporate labels to the equivalent of vanity press. Want to make a CD? Spend a thousand or two, and whallah! Accept the congratulations of your friends and family! It almost makes you wish there was a barrier to entry. Lost Causes are two guys from California, singer Jeff and multi-instrumentalist Pete, whose 12 songs are overrun with painful lyric clichés (written down in a 20-page booklet!) with equally staid rock bar-band clichés for riffs. Perhaps they're no worse than others in this hobby game: if they stick next time (if there is one) to the power-pop affectations with ringing/loud guitar dynamics (instead of facile commercial rock testimonials to poorly sketched girls) in songs such as "I Wanna Kill Someone Tonight," they'll be alright, for unlike too many, there's no trace of smugness. They love making a record. And why shouldn't they? That is the question, isn't it?