Psychotic Youth


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Psychotic Youth offers blurry, fuzzy punkish-power pop-rock on this largely studio album, which also has five live tracks. There's a heard-it-all-before feeling to the music, which falls somewhere between the Ramones and Cheap Trick (whose "Surrender," hardly the most imaginative cover choice, is included). There's also a certain slight calculation to the production and performances that, somehow, makes one feel as though they're striving for radio play, the irony being that few commercial stations, now or at any time, are going to push this kind of thing in a big way. Perhaps the market for such circa-late-'70s-style retro outings -- not a few on the Bomp label, as this one is -- is more bottomless than most think. It's hard, though, to imagine this stirring much excitement, except among those who think this kind of style is not just the only way to play, but the only way to live.

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