BEATINGS, THE: Holding onto Hand Grenades: CD

This starts off sounding like Superchunk with Lance Hahn doing the vocals, which is pretty cool. About midway through it, the other guy starts singing or something and it becomes kinda bland, mediocre pop. Then it gets even worse, mutating into straight-up ‘90s alternative radio pop. It never really recovers. The rest of the record, which I might add is LO-O-O-ONG as shit (sixteen songs, most of which clock in at five minutes each), just drags on and on and it even seems like they added extra dicking-around-in-the-studio noises just to make it that much longer. By the end of it I wanted to kill myself.

 –ben (Midriff)