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Invasion Usa

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Agent For H.A.R.M.
  2. Gemini Ma
  3. Heart Out of Season
  4. Red Zone Cuba
  5. Squirm
  6. Prince of Space
  7. Rocketship X-M
  8. King Dinosaur
  9. Castle of Fu Manchu
  10. Time of the Apes
  11. Atomic Brain
  12. Crawling Eye
  13. Teenage Strangler
  14. Werewolf One


Product Details

  • 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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First off: INVASION USA is a great album, better than anything you'll read about in Rolling Stone magazine or see on the front page of iTunes. The music is Ramones-style punk, full of pop hooks, oddball lyrics and rockin' beats. The songs are memorable, the sound is powerful and the playing is tight. If you don't wind up tapping your feet or bobbing your head to this album, go back to the pretentious art-drivel or washed-out "rock" of the mainstream pop scene.

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...
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It's a good feeling to have a solid contender for "Record of the Year" when you still have over five months of the year remaining. You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that even if the rest of what you hear in 2009 is crap, you won't have to struggle for an answer if someone from the Grammys showed up on your doorstep needing your feedback.

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."
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Way to go Riverdales, for making a heck of an album this time around!

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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