Sep 20, 2017

I know so many people who really love Teenage Bottlerocket, and given its musical modus operandi, I really should be part of that group of admirers. However, I am unable to find the same kind of adoration for the band despite a good number of individual positive elements that I have heard in its songs. It’s like some weird assed reverse synergy where the final output is less than the sum of its parts and I end up scratching my head trying to figure out why it doesn’t work for me. I’m reaching the stage when I will give up on that particular quest for understanding. The concept of this album is for the band to cover songs of lesser-known outfits rather than go for looking to the big name acts for such a collection of songs, which is a novel approach. I do like one song, “RoboCop Is a Halfbreed Sellout,” originally by Sprocket Nova, so that’s one plus point from this release! I’m sure longtime fans will lap this up. –Rich Cocksedge (Fat Wreck)