While on the surface this is just another indie pop group rocking Seattle, where they all but sell fresh bands at the Pike Place Market alongside the flounder and salmon, what saves this quartet is a flowing sense of humor and humility. (Even the cover sketch of a dysfunctional white-trash family invites you to color it in.) A funny song about a confusing, memorable grade-school crush (evoking Farrett Fawcett-Majors, at that), "Love in School" is actually a universal right of passage. Likewise, a tribute to a "Lottery Ticket" as a rescuing last resort is reminiscent of poor souls scraping up pennies for one more play. Even a pseudo-funk send-up of DC Comics' "Super Friends" is a geeky love song on the "superpower" of romance. Musically, Had sometimes justifies one reviewer's reference to Weezer, especially vocally, but two prettier, more distinctive songs -- "Glares" and "Acrophobe" -- are the much better product of six years of concentrated effort.
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AllMusic Review by Jack Rabid