JANEZ DETD: Like Cold Rain Kills a Summer Day: CD

The sticker on the CD case says that this record won the MTV Europe award for best album, and that it’s “for fans of Matchbook Romance and Fall Out Boy.” So. Now you know what to expect, but I’ll tell you more anyway. Very radio friendly. Quick-paced Top 40 “punk,” and it has those annoying bellow-scream backing vocals the likes of all those radio bands whose names I don’t even bother to learn. There a few songs that are quite entertaining, but overall it sounds like so much other crap that makes a zillion dollars. Too clichéd and too slick for the likes of me at this point in time.

 –Eric Carlson (I Scream: www.iscreamrecords.com)