The Shame Idols

Rocket Cat

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A lot of power-pop records were released in the nineties, but not many manage to emphasize the "pop" end of that formula as well as Rocket Cat does -- on this record, the Shame Idols take their big rock sound and pack it with so many bouncy 60s-pop constructions and sing-song hooks that one can't help but love it. It's as if your average power-pop band is covering tracks by the Monkees -- even the group's biggest turns toward conventionally punky modernity ("Endora") just wind up sounding like particularly good Weezer tunes. All of which makes for an incredibly appealing record for everyone who's ever loved big, crunchy pop.

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