Patience and Science
like second track, "Suck It Up," try to meld early Bob
Mould riffage with Richman's Guster-esque vocals and rhythms, which
means this is a pop record that's trying to rock and, for the most
part, succeeds. Richman's earnest whine can get close to precocious
at times, but the clean rhythm section keeps it pumping ahead in
classic indie (pop) rock fashion.
Richman's lyrics are
the same old boy/girl relationship bleatings that don't add much
to the discussion. Track "Mary-Ann" is Richman's H&O
"Rich Girl" with lines like "Mary-Ann shows up
wasted at my door / Mary-Ann takes my bed leaves me the floor /
Mary-Ann you're such a whore." Okay, we get it already.
Despite trite lyrics, the CD holds up on its hooks, riffs and that
clean, crisp rhythm section. It's summer rock, it's kinda cheesy,
and it's a step down from Guster, but it'll do.
Posted July 15,
2005. Copyright © 2005 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
earnest whine can get close to precocious at times, but the
clean rhythm section keeps it pumping ahead in classic indie
(pop) rock fashion. "