Circuit Breaker Love

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The second and final album by Wisconsin punk trio the Kill-A-Watts -- they broke up as the album was being released -- comes complete with a title and graphics straight out of the early-'80s new wave. However, the album shows little of the same influence; it's completely straightforward three-chord punk-pop with alternating male/female vocals, basically indistinguishable from hordes of similar albums that worship at the altar of the Ramones. Though individual songs are pleasant enough in a deliberately amateurish D.I.Y. fashion, the 13 brief tracks (each averaging around 90 seconds) blur together in a rush of adrenaline tempos and yelping vocals, with little to differentiate them from one another. Fans of old-school punk-pop will probably find some entertainment value here, but all but the least demanding will likely find Circuit Breaker Love unsatisfying.

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