BITTER TEARS, THE: Jam Tarts in the Jakehouse: CD

Apparently, these guys have an incredible live show: they wear bizarre costumes, intimidate the audience, and just generally raise some hell. I wish that same atmosphere was captured a bit more on the record though. We get some quirky, sort of country-influenced, sort of cabaret-influenced indie rock. I don’t dislike it but it’s a bit too sedate for my tastes. A couple of the songs do carry a genuinely eerie edge though, and whenever they kick up the guitars and the aggression, as on the menacing track “The Companion,” the record really comes to life. 

 –Evan Katz (Carrot Top)