Garlic Boys


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Hands down, this is the most diverse collection of 12 songs ever to be included in a CD package. While some of their best songs, like "Variety Kanshikan" and (most notably) "Too Late True Love," are straight pop-punk (the latter featuring some backing cellos), the rest are reminiscent of Faith No More's Angel Dust with more speed, less metal, and lots of unclassified but original silliness. This includes all of the start-stop motions and tempo changes that go from an adult contemporary pace to a blood-curdling grind. But just as it was on the album Poem, the band's humor -- characterized by not taking themselves too seriously -- is present throughout Love (which brings up the question of whether or not their poppiest material is serious or self-parody). Catchy regardless, but often hard to follow.