DOC HOPPER/EL SECONDHAND: Please Send Help: CD

Doc Hopper: maybe I’m feelin’ a little soft or somethin’, but their tracks weren’t as painful as I expected them to be. Their sole original here, “Meister,” was a pretty nice melding of All-lite drive and vaguely Hüsker structure, and their cover of “Kids Don’t Follow” was good, if not as intense as the original. The cover of Black Flag sucked, but that’s just ’cause the song itself sucked to begin with. “South of Heaven” was finely executed, but still pales to the original. Secondhand: They didn’t leave as positive an impression. Their original was not as memorable and their covers, although perfectly executed (especially the Slayer tracks) lacked any sense of immediacy and, ultimately rang hollow. Maybe next time.

 –jimmy (Attention Deficit Disorder)