- Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Asian Man
- ASIN: B002FOPGZI
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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If you really love this music, however, there are a few other albums that are slightly better: namely, the Riverdales' last 2 albums (1998's STORM THE STREETS and 2003's PHASE THREE.) Those albums are a little more varied than INVASION USA, in both tempo and song structure. All the songs on INVASION USA have a fast tempo, and while the songs are good, they all sort of blend in to each other (not "with", but "to".) Also, while Weasel's songs on INVASION USA are mostly excellent, Vapid's songs are mostly not as good as his songs on PHASE THREE or STORM THE STREETS.
Still, INVASION USA is a must-buy. If only more than 0.1% of the populace knew about the Riverdales...
The Riverdales have an unusual knack for improving with each release. While I enjoy each of their four records (seek them out if you haven't already heard them), the most recent has always been my favorite. Invasion USA is no exception, which is really something considering that I thought Phase 3 was pretty much note-for-note perfect. I've heard that they're already doing some preliminary work on their NEXT record, but I'm going to save my excitement for the one after that, as I already know it will be the better of the two. I'll still happily play all five of them, though.
But back to the record at hand: Invasion USA will make you bop your head while you laugh out loud. The tunes are clever, to the point, and they rock harder than anything you'll hear all year. Most of the songs are based on old MST3K episodes, so if you're a fan of that show, you'll have a lot to celebrate here. Standouts include "Gemini Man" and "Agent for H.A.R.M."
All the songs take their titles from various Mystery Science Theater 3000 movies and it makes for a super fun pop punk album.
Ben Foster had previously described the Riverdales as a "golden oldies" type of band and in all honesty, he's right. The music is very Ramonesy (would you expect any less from two former Screeching Weasel members?) but the melodies are very much of the surf pop, doo wop, pre-Beatles rock variety, and Ben and Dan have gotten VERY VERY good at it! My personal favorite is "Heart Out Of Season" a gorgeous song which in another time could've been a 50's radio hit.
But all around its a stunning album, with the exception of "Time Of The Apes" there's really not a bum song on the whole disc. So if you liked anything else the Riverdales have done, this one is right up there, if not better than their other albums.
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Simply put "The Riverdales Rock"!!!!!
Absolutely one of the greatest punk bands to ever exist.
Every song kicks ass!
A must for the Riverdales fan. Read more
Ben Weasel and Danny Vapid have created some great music over the years. This is not a part of that great catalog. Read morePublished on July 28, 2009 by JJF