Shonen Knife

Happy Hour

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A little Shonen Knife goes a long way, and what seemed so exuberant and irresistible on earlier efforts like Let's Knife now feels cloying and stale; Happy Hour is another by-the-numbers effort, holding fast to the usual obsessions (song titles include "Cookie Day," "Banana Chips," "Jackalope" and "Huge Snail"), and to the tried-and-true three chords which got the group this far. The closing cover of the Monkees' "Daydream Believer" sounds exactly like you think it might, and that's the problem -- the Shonen Knife aesthetic has become pure formula, and the joke just isn't that funny anymore.

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