POPE, THE: Sports: CD

Sports is an obnoxious noise record that is surprisingly accessible at times. The album title and some of the song titles, such as “I Want a New Sport” and “The Power of Sports,” pay tribute to none other than Huey Louis. An over-usage of computer and synthesizer sounds overpower the sometimes-interesting frantic guitar work. It’s supposed to be a mess, and it’s a mess that gets old fast.  –Art Ettinger (Wäntage USA)