Muchacha's self-titled debut is a mixture of all the ingredients required for late-'90s alterna-radio success: enraged/shouted vocals, brutal drum thrashing and guitar riffs, and memorable songs that are slightly heavier than your ordinary power-pop. And like many of the '90s' popular alternative bands (Nirvana, Everclear, Green Day, etc.), Muchacha is a trio that still manages to pack quite a punch. Muchacha's debut is a non-stop adrenaline rush from beginning to end, since they've masterfully captured the excitement of their live show on disc. And the band remembers one of the important factors that set punk apart from the mainstream in the first place, disrespect for your elders (for example, their song title "Lou Reed's Dead"). The album is loaded with ragged rock delights, such as the opening "Evelyn Mason," an out-of-control barnstormer called "Cashed Out," and the mid-paced AC/DC-isms of "Dead Right." Compared to the other releases by new alternative artists of 1997, Muchacha's self-titled debut was just as deserving of success, but unfortunately overlooked.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato