STREET BRATS: See You at the Bottom: CD

This struck a strange chord with me. It’s not bad, not great, but catchy. The more I listened to it, the more I began to feel like I’d heard the songs before. Then it hit me: there’s a lot of stuff stolen, borrowed, or extremely coincidentally sounding like parts from other songs. The song “We’re Alright” bears a strong resemblance in the chorus to “So Lonely” by the Police. I wasn’t sure if it was intentional, but the fact that they attribute all of the songs to themselves and then close with a “Lean on Me (One Life One Love),” which has a chorus of “Lean on me when you’re not strong/ I’ll be your friend/ I’ll help you carry on.” One of the guys does win the pretty-damn-great-shirt award for his “All Ramones All The Time” shirt which, in the spirit of the music, I might just rip off.

 –megan (www.fullbreach77.com)