This Bay Area quartet is doomed to be lumped in with the punk-pop crowd, which is unfair. Where they really live is somewhere between power pop and plain old straight-ahead rock & roll. Featuring former members of both the Mr. T Experience and Pansy Division, the Plus Ones don't shy away from gloriously simplistic hooks ("All the Boys"), big old emo gestures ("It's Not You, It's Me"), or shameless retro-rockishness ("Nowhere to Go But Up"). There's a faint whiff of vintage Elvis Costello to "Lips That Never Will Touch Mine," and a somewhat stronger whiff of car-commercial classic rock to "Touring in the Fall." These are all compliments. The Plus Ones' debut album is one of the more impressive pop efforts of 2002.
AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson