From the opening overdriven chords of "Giving Up On Love" to the mellow accoustic track, "Hello And Goodbye," The Ataris deliver some intellegent songs about touring, love, and heartache. It's a good view into Kris Roe's life since he started The Ataris and his growth as a person and musician.
The album begins with "Giving Up On Love," which is along the lines of such songs as "Love Stinks." It's a good songs about how even if you're in a band and doing well, it's hard to find love and more importantly, keep it. "Bad Case Of Broken Heart" follows along the lines of the difficulty of relationships on the road. It's about being on the east coast and having someone you love back in California.
Besides having the best title of a song I've seen in a long time, "Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start" is a very touching song about remembering growing up. It tells about being in New Jersey and standing outside of the Quick Stop Groceries used in Clerks. It's got a good message, which is; Don't rush your childhood, enjoy your memories, cherish your friends. As the song states, "you always keep your friends close to your heart. 'cause who will help you if you're falling down."
"Teenage Riot" has a great sound. It's got some good bass lines, upbeat guitar, and some nice little classical riffs in the chorus. It's a great song written for the Denton, TX police department. As the chorus keeps saying, "...the cops will show up as usual and try to ruin our fun."
The album then closes with a nice acoustic song called "Hello And Goodbye." It's nice soft song that blends well with Roe's vocals. It's one more sad love song to leave it's mark on you. It's one of my favorite tracks on the album.
This album is as strong as Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits and should be just as popular with everyone. I was truly impressed with this album and loved it from start to finish. I think it's safe to say, I'm an Ataris fan now.
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