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Researching the Blues

Redd KrossAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Redd Kross rank among the Iron Chefs of Rock ‘N Roll; able to take any secret ingredient, master it, and make it their own. Their reputation for originality, rich flavor and stunning presentation has been praised by such peers as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), Stone Temple Pilots, The Mayor of Sunset Strip - Rodney Bingenheimer, and yes even Joe Elliot of Def ... Read more in Amazon's Redd Kross Store

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  • Audio CD (August 7, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00816Z050
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Researching the Blues features 10 songs clocking in at just under 32 minutes. With songs written by Jeff and produced and mixed by Steven, the album is by far the band's favorite record. Steve says, "It has the most singular artistic vision of any record we've done. It's just 10 really f***ing awesome songs that have the ability to move you in many different ways."

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 Minutes Of Power Pop Perfection August 8, 2012
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Yes, it's out of place in 2012. There is no auto tune, no rap and no computer derived music. It is just a great power pop CD with 10 very memorable and singable songs. They make no apologies for their influences and that is OK with me. If you enjoy the spectrum starting with The Beatles, The Hollies and Big Star thru The Posies, The New Pornographers and Spoon, you will love this CD. Hooks, Harmonies and crunchy chords galore!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Redd Kross' first studio release in fifteen years actually reaches back an additional decade to the line-up that recorded 1987's Neurotica. Six years ago the brothers McDonald reunited with guitarist Robert Hecker and drummer Roy McDonald for live appearances (including the DVD Got Live if You Must!), and have now mixed and released this album of songs written and recorded in 2007-08. Everything you ever loved about Redd Kross is here, including the pop culture references in the monster-themed titles "Dracula's Daughter" and "Meet Frankenstein." The former is drenched in Beach Boys-styled vocal harmonies and the latter draws perfectly on 65/66-era Beatles, and while the drum lead-in to "One of the Good Ones" may have you humming the Monkees' "Mary, Mary," the song's original melody quickly proves itself as sweet as anything Kasenetz-Katz ever produced. The lead single, "Stay Away From Downtown," is one giant earworm and the garage buzz of "Uglier" is augmented by Stones-y "whoo-hoos." Redd Kross has never sounded better: their guitars buzz and ring, their rhythm section charges madly and their sha-la-las are sung as if their lives depend on getting you to sing along. If you're having a bad day, this album is the cure. [©2012 Hyperbolium]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a disappointment! August 10, 2012
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With this record, Redd Kross has set the bar so high, I'm afraid it just may be downhill from here. Although, that's what I thought about their last 3 records. There is not one song on Researching the Blues that leaves anything to be desired. Every song is strong and full of powerful and catchy songs that you can't get out of your head. Thank you Redd Kross for putting out a record that will not leave my car's CD player for weeks. That hasn't happened in, I don't know how long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rescues Rock "n Roll December 28, 2012
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This must have issued from the fires of Mount Olympus - how can a band take a decade-and-a-half off from recording, reach near AARP age, and then produce an album that sounds like 20 year old power pop geniuses? The vocals are Beatlesque perfection, the tunes bold and bright and technically flawless, the exuberance of making Jellyfish-like orchestral pop with garage kicks a precious reward for every long-suffering fan of that now neglected sub-genre, power pop. There is some age-defying secret at work here - Redd Kross better bottle it, and give it to all the other keepers of the Records - TSAR flame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Redd Kross is still relevant after all these years October 14, 2012
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If you're already a fan, just buy it. Catchy, well-crafted songs, nice guitar riffs, full of the edgy popness they do so well. I suppose when you're not under pressure to put out a new record every 9-12 months, you have time to put out a great one, and this is it. Nicely done, Redd Kross. Play it loud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs and lyrics( but not technically flawless) October 6, 2012
By G-Rex
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Let me stipulate right off the bat, that if for one technical flaw in the mixdown process of just three songs, this goes down as possibly one of the best rock/pop/punk/bubblegum albums ever commited to vinyl (or at least plastic). The songs are steller, the guitar work is amazing, and minus 3 songs (dracula's daughters, meet frankenstein, and hazel eyes), the vocals are just amazing. Initially I thought that only "researching the blues" and "downtown" were the only worthy tracks on here. But then "meet frankenstein" creeped up on me from nowhere. Even though the vocals are shamefully buried on this song (otherwise it would be a flawless hit song the beatles wrote but you never heard), the guitar riff is just - like "downtown" will stick in your head like glue. Hey, I'm a critical guy when it comes to rock and roll so when I say these are ALL STELLAR SONGS, believe it. Not a polished or unpolished turd in the bunch. "Choose to Play" was the next one that just knocked me over and took over my brain for about two days straight. There's some philosophy in there too. In fact the whole album is nicely "littered" (if I can use that word) with views on life that in some cases are funny, though tragically so (like so many people being "not bad, maybe borderline evil" from Choose to Play), but the McDonald Bros never go over into the terrain of apathy or bitterness. These are just non-judgmental observations being made with tongue firmly in cheek. For instance, on "Uglier" (the next song that bludeoned its way into my mind, but only after "nu Temptations" went into terminal rotation in my head for several days), it says all this horrible stuff about the world if you read the lyrics by themselves ("it's getting uglier, no matter what they say...this world is crazy, it's crushing our souls.. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Been a fan for years, this is almost as good as Phaseshifter , and that's saying something. The McDonald bros. still got it.
I wish they would include Humboldt County, CA when they tour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff October 8, 2012
By Steven
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This was not what I thought it would be -- Blues... I saw the review in Stereophile and thought it would be worth a listen. And it was! Much to my surprise, this was a thoroughly enjoyable CD of pop tunes with much to reveal. It's on my list of some of the best emerging this year. Certainly worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Red Kross album EVER.
These guys really outdid themselves with this album and it should have received far more attention than it has. Read more
Published 2 months ago by babysue
5.0 out of 5 stars Researching the blues
Could not find in retail store so had to buy on-line, great cd to add to my collection. Redd Kross a great band
Published 6 months ago by Wyatt McGillis
5.0 out of 5 stars A long awaited comeback!!!
These guy are power pop rock at its ultimate!!! Stay Away From Downtown kicks ass and One Of The Good Ones is pure pop bliss!!!
Published 8 months ago by ed matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensational album
I've been a bit obsessed lately with Redd Kross. In particular their live instore at Amoeba Records California, which is available as a free video on the band's own website, & on... Read more
Published 9 months ago by halloomee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun power-pop
I heard a sample track on the free CD with Classic Rock magazine and I liked it so I bought this album. I am not disappointed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ewan
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT IMPRESSED
I'm not impressed; the songs go by without anything really sticking in your mind- nothing memorable at all. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Karl, Tucson AZ.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
No enough words to express my love of this. A winner. What are you waiting for? Click purchase already! Lives up to the hype!
Published 16 months ago by William Penname
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockin record. The guys Rock Records.
Long time fan - a fan of this too.
Pop/rock a la 70s PopRocks in your mouth. It's the same thing!
Can't wait to see them live in the States this Spring.
Published 19 months ago by T. Maltos
5.0 out of 5 stars So good I bought the vinyl...
...and that has not happened for a very very long time. Thanks to Little Steven's Underground Garage for playing it--it's how I heard it the first time, jumping out of the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Greg
3.0 out of 5 stars Beatles 2012
This could have been release in 1965, before the fab 4 found drugs. Good pop-rock songs with catchy hooks and harmonies.
Published 22 months ago by Ken M Boucher
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