CHEAP GIRLS: My Roaring Twenties: LP

The Cheap Girls was a shiny beacon of clarity in the drunken haze that was North Park Awesome Fast. They were easily my favorite set of the weekend. I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a sucker for a good power pop trio. Everyone in my house fell in love with their first album. Their second effort, My Roaring Twenties, came out a few months after NPAF and I jumped on it. The rhythms are tight. The melodies and lyrics are beautiful. The guitar solos are distinctive without being masturbatory. Sometimes they take the place of choruses until the final verse. Cheap Girls remind me of the music I listened to in the 1990s. I don’t mean god-awful grunge bands like Candlebox, but music they used to call “alternative” or “college” rock. They conjure up memories of spending idle time at coffee houses on rainy afternoons. These songs make me long for a cigarette and I quit smoking a year ago. “Hey Hey, I’m Worn Out” and “One & Four” are the tracks that follow me for days. –Joe Dana

 –guest (Paper+Plastick)