Pretty Ugly

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On Pretty Ugly, Lunachicks play as fast as ever, but display a melodic flair that owes as much to girl groups as it does to riot grrrl groups. Right out of the gate the band delivers a delightful piece of bubblegum simplicity with the gleefully Ramones-inspired "Yeah," and the intensity of that track -- not to mention its melodic appeal -- is maintained for most of the disc. There's a sweetness to the material which belies Lunachicks' reputation for gross-out gimmickry and feminist anger. As Pretty Ugly proves, Lunachicks are a band who, more than anything else, love the genderless fun of playing rock & roll.

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