Thursday, February 23, 2012

Album Review: Giant Orange

Title:  Giant Orange (MerchNOW, Big Cartel, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk, AllMusic)

Cheap Girls is one of the few bands the can effortlessly and beautifully mix ‘80s college rock, power pop, ‘90s indie rock, and punk rock.  I suspect that these guys grew up on a steady diet of Husker Du, The Replacements, the Descendents, Pavement, Sebadoh, Screeching Weasel, The Jam, Cheap Trick, and Guided By Voices.  In fact, the best way that I can think to describe Cheap Girls music is imagine if the Smoking Popes and Buffalo Tom had a kid. 

Giant Orange is the band’s third record and first for Rise Records.  The record was produced by Against Me’s Tom Gabel and sounds fantastic.  The songs are traditional pop rock/power pop gems filled with fun hooks and catchy choruses, just listen to the opening track “Gone All Summer” and you’ve got a great idea of what to expect from the rest of the record.  There isn’t a bad song on Giant Orange; in fact trying to pick a favorite or some standouts is nearly impossible because they are all that good.  One the best descriptions I’ve read of this record was in Exystence’s review

It would be a boldface lie to claim that Cheap Girls were bringing anything other than infectious pieces of pop-rock to the table, but sometimes that’s all that needs to happen. Much like the Gin Blossoms on New Miserable Experience, there’s nothing earth-shattering here, but there doesn’t need to be. There may not be a breakout hit like the Blossoms’ “Hey Jealousy,” but each track on Giant Orange displays that that kind of early-1990s rock still has a place in this modern world. Cheap Girls proves that, three albums deep, it has not run out of ideas. In fact, the group’s never been better.

I couldn’t agree more.  This is easily one of the best albums of the year.

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