The Barbarellatones Cold Sore
By Marcus Pan
Many of the songs are really quite silly,
with talk about cold sores, monster sex (a strange form of beastiality I
guess?), movie references, food references and cats. Actually, it reminds me of
that Smelly Cat song from Friends. Especially Chocky (Hawaian
Dirt Cat) as you can imagine. Overall Coldsore comes out silly and a
little kiddish The Barbarellatones coming across like a walking joke or
over the top criticism of everyday life a'la Seinfeld.
By Chinese Food I'm wondering if the lyrics were
penned by 11 or 12 year old angsty emo kids. Jaws is purely slow loping
surf music with standard fare gnarly lyrics. It just goes downhill from there
with yet another cliche' ridden Orange County reference, sexual
situations for that shocker teenage-wanted 'R' rating and similar cruft
following. I don't know what to say about the disembodied elephant in Tranni
The Barbarellatones show their age by referring heavily to
the old 1984 sci-fi horror flick C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid
Underground Dweller) in I Had Sex With a C.H.U.D. on track 9. No
true surf-goth underground band can make it through an album without at least
one b-movie horror reference...but usually a little thought goes into the
subtelty of the reference.
Medicine Woman is a good shoegazery 4/4 track
reminiscent of Tom Petty. It falls prettily into Medicine Wheel,
possibly the best two tracks on the album. The closing The Sunset Club
is also very good, still moody and shoegazery with an Ed Hale kind of
brightness to it.
Coldsore has its good moments and bad moments, as
most albums do. It's hard to recommend though because there are possibly four
songs I really enjoyed (the first, and then the last three) and the others were
actually kind of annoying, even if much of it retains a playful sensibility.
I'll leave it up to you based on what I've told you about things above.
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