Guest review by Doug
first three tracks on this six-song split carry the record. The
split teams Detroit's Lisboa with Flint's Kid Brother Collective,
and while Lisboa brings three great pop-punk tunes to the table,
the latter offers outtakes and an alternate version to fulfill their
end of the deal.
Lisboa's songs are like
a pop-punk version of Centro-Matic with synths and programmed beats.
"Necessary Evelyn" takes its riff from "What I Like
About You," and makes it their own. "Regicide Solution"
reminded me of a Green Day song I hate, but comes through delivering
much more than Billie Joe ever could, complete with a huge "NA
NA NA NA" chorus. The real gem is "L'Empire Des Lumieres,"
a complicated instrumental reminiscent of Peter Gabriel, complete
with plucked strings and beeping electronics.
Kid Brother Collective's
tracks, two never-released songs from the Never Trust Yourself
sessions and an acoustic number, aren't nearly as strong as Lisboa's,
but that doesn't mean the band isn't good. "Home is a Pen"
starts off tough, repeating a lead melody over a changing chord
structure. It doesn't live up to its entrance thanks to a weak chorus.
The acoustic "The Small of Her Back" is their strongest
song, with a nice chorus melody. Overall, a great introduction to
Lisboa while offering something extra for Kid Brother Collective
Posted Dec. 10,
2002. Copyright © 2002 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
great introduction to Lisboa while offering something extra
for Kid Brother Collective fans."
liked this a lot more than I did... derivative pop-punk with
nothing new to add to an already tired genre.