Aunt Bettys

Ford Supersonic

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This indie release of heavy alternative pop songs is sure to be sought after by Michael Knott fans of the future. The album compiles demo material crafted by Knott and company in the wake of an unhappy alliance with Elektra; however, with 17 songs, it plays and sounds like a full-length album. Although the Aunt Bettys are not the prime starting point for understanding and appreciating Knott's music, the album does contain some of his most accessible material. Fans of Knott's quieter, serious side should look instead to Life Savers Underground's newer albums or his solo material, as somber listeners may find the pop/rock attitude and playful lyrics grate on their sensibilities. "Popsicle Stick" is the only song that lacks loud, punky, distorted power chords. However, it is difficult not to be entertained by this album, especially on songs that are innovative and catchy, such as "Ricky Racer." The bonus live tracks showcase Knott's trademark lunacy without the annoying spaces found on other live tracks (during which he was usually involved in something like taping fans together and booting them off the stage, or the like).

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