PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES: Soberphobia: CD

I remember not liking this album much back when it first came out. My biggest gripe back then was that the intensity that fueled Mating Sounds of South American Frogs was largely absent, leaving some lackluster pop songs with a tinge of a punk edge. While I think that assessment might’ve been a little harsh, I still don’t think, fifteen years later, I was that far off the mark. It’s very true that there’s a decided lack of “oomph” to the proceedings and some of the tracks here are obviously filler, but there are some good songs to be found here as well, most notably “Keys to the City” and “Spirit of Keith Moon,” either of which almost make this worth the green and the inclusion of assorted B-sides and live tracks, however, further sweeten the deal considerably.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)