The members of Kid Million know how to let every song speak for itself. "The songs are in charge, not us," says guitarist/vocalist David Singer. On American Tabloid, the bombastic rock quartet brings together glam rock, power pop, psychedelia, and punk, and backs it up with an entire horn band, the Bodioddity Horns. The resulting sound sums up much of the contemporary American experience as torn from the headlines: from the emotionally stark suburbs to the homicidal high schools, the middleclass prescription addicts to the media machine, this land was made for you and me. "Flew By" and "Mr. Parker" slow burn like down-tempo Jane's Addiction tunes. "I'm Afraid You'll Get Me Wet" would fit nicely alongside Grandaddy's most indie rocking moments, and "Bender" is a drunken south-of-the-border ballad. Kid Million runs with the Latin tone on "Cardinal Directions" and brings on the full South American brass and beats for a little Brazilian-style psychedelia. On the last track, "When the Night Comes Down," Singer's pure of heart vocals could be Billy Corgan circa Siamese Dream. On "I'm Afraid You'll Get Me Wet" David Singer reminisces red, white, and blue: "You used to ride your bike in circles around my house/I'd turn the music off, pretend I wasn't home/the tire tracks across my lawn/your epigraph has never gone/and I know every sum's divisible by dawn." If that doesn't put you in some place, past or present, who knows what will.
AllMusic Review by Charles Spano