PARASITES, THE: Solitary: CD

Ack! I want to like this more than I do! I have waited years for this album! The first song (“All the Time in the World”) is classic Parasites pop punk greatness! But then the rest of the album just starts to seem like one long pop song. Ack! Perhaps this album needs two tablespoons more punk rock and a slightly faster tempo! Certainly the cheezy classic Parasites lyrics are there (“When I think of things we’ll never have/It breaks my heart, it hurts so bad.”) But there’s also the less-than-classic (“Nobody’s calling me/I used up my battery/But as soon as it holds a charge/Then my life will start again”). I will give this time for a more thorough evaluation. But right now, if this were a cereal, it’d be Kix. Not bad, but if you’re expecting Lucky Charms, then you’ve got a problem.

 –maddy (Kid Tested, www.kidtestedrecords.com)