VARIOUS ARTISTS: The Sound of San Francisco: CD

Dec 01, 2009

It would seem the scope of that title would be pretty hard to live up to, and they don’t: what’s here is almost entirely composed of various shades of ‘80s rehash (and not the hardcore kind), including several (!) takes on the Cult, certainly one of the worst hard rock bands ever. The Naggs do a couple good Runaways/Motley Crue rockers; Two Gallants have a rootsy, Poguesy sound; The Flakes are on a pretty inspired garage tip; and Young Trade turn in the single non-retro/derivative track, a bassy dancepunk one. The rest of the bunch rolls around in the crud I had to listen to in high school and, man, they can keep it.

 –doug (Alive)