FAKE BOYS, THE: Pop Punk Is Dead: CD

I’ve listened to this three times now, and it just isn’t catching. I don’t think it sucks, but there’s something definitely off about the album. It might have to do with the production, which is overly produced. It just sounds so clean that all the edge is drained from the songs. The vocals also grow repetitive and overly affected in parts. Still, I do think that the album has its strengths—and some of the songs have a cool power pop quality to them—while others even come off like a much faster, less emotional Samiam. I’d love to hear them with some dirty, more grounded production. I’m also thinking that this works much better live. –Evan Katz

 –guest (Cheapskate)