It’s a shame that Cheeky are the latest in New York/Jersey area bands to call it quits, because they’re pretty great, and this record is more proof. Take the snottiness of FYP, inject it into your little nieces and nephew, and have them practice along to All records. Crank one amp to a Gregg Ginn/Black Flag distortion level, the other an early Billy Joel/power pop jangle. Shouted-out lyrics about the problems that inevitably come up from being human. Supposedly, this record almost didn’t come out, which would have been stupid, so make sure you get this and listen.
–joe (Freedom School)