Treble Charger


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Treble Charger plays an inoffensive brand of punk-pop that will cause no one any concern. There will be no stampedes to record stores, no rushes on web retailer sites, and no sold-out concerts with screaming fans. Vocalist/guitarist Greig Nori will have to leave that to his protégés, Sum 41, as Treble Charger is too run of the mill to ever reach those heights -- or even make an interesting record. Detox is one standard punk-pop song after another, with nary a hook sharp enough to snag a sweater, let alone hook the listener. When they slow down and don't worry about rocking hard, they are more memorable: "Ideal Waste of Time" has strong, dynamic shifts and a loping beat that is a nice respite from the sameness found elsewhere on the record, and "Don't Believe It All" has nice vocal harmonies and a soaring chorus. Unfortunately, they try to rock most all the time and are just far too generic to make much of it. They sound like a band who has been together for years and has come to look at music as a job. Rock & roll is not a job, it is art, to be played like it is meant at all times. If you can't handle that, you should get out. Treble Charger should quit their job and go find some real work.

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