Nov 15, 2022

When I was a kid, “cut-out bins” were a thing at record stores. Those were the racks of deeply discounted records that had been deleted from the main catalog, and were basically just bargain bin fodder they were trying to get rid of. Being a kid and not having a ton of money, I was a big fan of poking through the cut-out bins and seeing what I could scrounge up for $1.99—Sweet, Slade, Brownsville Station, whatever. One didn’t really expect the stars, the sun, and the moon from anything fished out of the cut-out bin, but there was always the expectation that you’d wind up with a reasonably serviceable rock album that would tide you over until you found the next new shiny exciting full-price thing of the moment. Through no real fault of their own, Richard Bacchus and company remind me of something I would have dug out of the ShopKo East cut-out bin at age thirteen—a reasonably serviceable rock album that excels in nothing much and is just kinda... there. A bit of rock, a tinge of power pop, the occasional cheesy SNL saxophone honk—if “perfectly serviceable” is your bag, you’ve certainly come to the right cut-out bin. BEST SONG: “Luckiest Girl.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Daily Lethals.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Somewhat surprisingly, there is no official color standard for the color red that adorns Sioux guitars and the record covers on the Sioux label. It’s just “red.” My research indicates that PMS 185 is probably pretty close to the mark, but officially there is no set standard. Ink technicians rejoice! –Rev. Nørb (Sioux)

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