Pete Campbell's lyrics are the highlight of this Vancouver punk trio's album, Kick Me Generation. On "Thalidomide," Campbell rants, "Have we really given up on the power of politics and replaced it with faith in the market?" On "The Morons' Song," he relates the tale of two jerks at a Young Fresh Fellows concert to hilarious effect. But the music on Kick Me Generation seems so tepid -- it's punk rock that never quite takes off, rock & roll that just isn't quite gritty enough. Listeners would love for this wry band to turn toward the Ramones -- and at many moments on the album it seems like they will -- but there's just never enough power in the flat production. Still, the Sweaters are a smart band with some real potential.
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