- Audio CD (April 29 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Champagne School
- ASIN: B00008E2M6
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
|1. Charm School|
|2. Little Black Ache|
|3. Busted Heart|
|4. Bishop Allen Drive|
|5. Eve Of Destruction|
|6. Things Are What You Make Of Them|
|7. Ghosts Are Good Company|
|8. Empire City|
|9. Couple Easy Things|
|10. Penitentiary Bound|
|11. Quarter To Three|
|12. Another Wasted Night|
|13. Things Are What You Make Of Them (reprise)|
I've seen this band live, and their musical talent is only exceeded by their dedication. That 4-star Rolling Stone review was well deserved. This band is straight catchy pop, you'll find yourself unable to take it out of your stereo for weeks on end, I guarantee it.
Please don't pass up the chance to see this band live before they blow up big time, because they will.
You see, there is a popular attitude found in music journalism these days that roots for the underdog. In the case of Bishop Allen, they are over-rooting. If you want to be considered hip, you have to favor obscure music, regardless of whether or not it is good.
I'm not judging a book by its cover. I have heard this CD, and I find it extremely irritating. What Bishop Allen describes as charm I describe as obnoxiousness. Yes, indie rock has its merits in goofiness (remember the Dead Milkmen?), but these guys miss the mark completely. The songs are repetious, tedious, and simplistic (in a bad way).
It goes to show how underground music has turned into just another form of tokenism.