FAGS, THE: Light ‘Em Up: CD

This Detroit three-piece sounds enough like Cheap Trick to warrant the vast effusion of Cheap Trick comparisons, i suppose (mainly the vocals, and that’s only at times, but when it does kick in, it’s pretty spot-on), but the untold story behind this statement is that it’s sort of a three-piece Cheap Trick that they sound like, and the three guys left standing in said version are Robin, Tom, and Bun E.–ergo, don’t expect much in the way of Rick-like genius at either the songwriting nor guitar solo ends of the spectrum. Ultimately, it kinda sounds like if Robin Zander worked out a lot, got some but not all of the Go to be his backing band, and played an entire album’s worth of Vandalias and Exploding Hearts covers, except all the songs involved drinking beer and smoking cigarettes, ‘cause that’s just how we roll. Occasionally sounds like .38 Special, but, then again, so did All. Fun until someone starts waving a lighter, one supposes. BEST SONG: “Tonite” BEST SONG TITLE: “Truly, Truly” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Production assistance by former Brownsville Station member Michael Lutz! W00t!

 –norb (Idol)