Bash & Pop

Friday Night Is Killing Me

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Bash & Pop's sole album sounds like a cross between the Pontiac Brothers' boozy conviviality and the Black Crowes' Faces worship, with a little of the loose-limbed brattiness of prime Replacements thrown in. The latter isn't surprising considering that singer/guitarist/primary songwriter Tommy Stinson was the most loose-limbed and bratty of the Minneapolis ravers; what's odd is how little of his old band's personality is transferred to his new project. The playing is competent but faceless (that over half a dozen additional musicians, including Wire Train's Jeff Trott and the Heartbreakers' Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell, are vaguely thanked in the liner notes suggests that the band didn't actually have much to do with the recording), with Stinson's agreeably whiny voice and Keith Richards-inspired riffs the only notable feature. There are a couple of great songs here, the catchy single "Loose Ends" and the rocking "Fast and Hard" (which sounds like a Tim outtake), but even those two songs feel sloppily half-written, with choruses that vamp on repeatedly for far too long. Most of the rest of the album sounds fine while it's playing, but the songs aren't at all memorable.

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