Chicago’s Textbook play affable punk pop. At their best, the warm vocals and melancholy guitar crunch make them sound like major label-era Lemonheads (without the championship-caliber crack consumption, I hope). The songs aren’t always strong enough to hold up to the slow speed of the music, and this CD starts to sound toothless after a couple cuts. Still, I could see most of these songs on the soundtrack to a mid-‘90s rom-com, playing while we see the young male protagonist walking around on a sunny Saturday afternoon, being young and living in the city and about to meet the love of his life. And that’s a good thing, right? Who didn’t like So I Married an Axe Murderer?
–CT Terry (www.listentotextbook.com)