Beat Crusaders

All You Can Eat

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With all the attention lavished on the Shibuya-kei pop fetishism of Cornelius and the mind-warping psychedelia of Acid Mothers Temple, Japanese punk-pop -- the kind pioneered by the great Shonen Knife -- has fallen off the radar for most Western listeners. Though not nearly as sublime as fellow countrymen Elekibass, the Beat Crusaders merit notice for delivering crunching, exuberant thrash-pop invigorating for its adherence to classic three-chord traditions, complete with cheesy keyboard riffs suggesting an underlying affection for the new wave era. Although All You Can Eat's simplicity grows wearisome over the course of the entire LP, the sheer kinetic spark of highlights like the opening "GTS" and "Delerious" (sic) goes a long way, and besides, how could you possibly dislike an album with a song titled "Joker in the Crotch"?

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