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Researching the Blues

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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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  • Audio CD (August 7, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00816Z050
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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By Steven on October 8, 2012
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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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