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Cheap Girls

Cheap Girls: Find Me a Drink HomeFind Me a Drink Home (2008)
Bermuda Mohawk Productions

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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It's easy to look back at the `90s alt-rock landscape and only recall the disappointing and cringe-inducing bands. You know -- the kind of stuff that led to nü-metal or made you wish flannel and brooding frontmen had died with Nirvana. But there were other great acts with songs that combined just t.
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It's easy to look back at the `90s alt-rock landscape and only recall the disappointing and cringe-inducing bands. You know -- the kind of stuff that led to nĂ¼-metal or made you wish flannel and brooding frontmen had died with Nirvana. But there were other great acts with songs that combined just the right amounts of rock, pop, and often quirk, to conceive a lasting product. Bands like the Lemonheads, Nada Surf, Fountains of Wayne and Superdrag mixed power-pop with the fuzzy aesthetics of the `90s to create smart and catchy songs. It is these bands that Cheap Girls seem to be paying homage to on their debut Find Me a Drink Home, and despite their reference points being somewhat obvious, the record is an extremely fresh listen.

So by now you should have some idea of what Cheap Girls sound like -- that is, a guitar, bass and drum trio that mix three-chord pop songs with some bar rock riffs and solos for a sound that recalls the finer power-pop bands of the last decade. One factor I've failed to mention so far, however, is bassist/vocalist Ian Graham's voice. Graham's pleading, albeit reserved, vocals recall Josh Caterer of the Smoking Popes in their pleasant crooning approach. It's this soothing delivery, coupled with often-excellent melodies that make Cheap Girls a recognizable face in the power-pop crowd.

The blues licks, powerhouse chorus and simple verses of "Kind of on Purpose" start the album on a charming, relaxed note, but it's that track's followup that will make you love this band. Starting with simple palm-muting and a melody I guarantee you won't easily shake, "No One to Blame" sounds like a song Evan Dando sold to help pay for his drug habit 15 years ago. From the bass lead in the breakdown to the deliciously alt-rock solo and a hummable chorus, this song has it all and luckily, Cheap Girls tap into these elements elsewhere on the album. "Stop Now" has a wide-eyed bounce to its verse and a simple refrain ("I keep getting all your letters / And they look good in print") that seems to demand that you sing-along, while "A Lesser Rate" seems to take a bit of a darker approach to the power-pop formula.

What's interesting is that despite subject matter that often tends towards drinking, drugs and heartbreak, the mood on Find Me a Drink Home is overwhelmingly optimistic. Blame it on Graham's voice or the band's perpetually upbeat tempos, but this is an album meant for foot-tappers and summer drives.

While I'd like to let Cheap Girls off the hook on the strength of songs like "No One to Blame" and "Stop Now" alone, it needs to be mentioned that there are some dull patches on the second half of the album where things become a bit too familiar and the melodies don't seem as smartly crafted. Luckily the pure pop of the acoustic "Her & Cigarettes" acts a pleasant and well-needed interjection, even if the momentum never fully picks back up.

 

 
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Dedricthere (May 15, 2011)

Flannels are the shit. Bitch.

singthblues (August 8, 2010)

spinning this right now. i never realized the last track on the LP, "That's The Reason" was exclusive to the vinyl version, it didn't come with the download I got from Quote Unquote Records. I usually listen to this record on my iPod or in my car on a CD-R, but today I put it on, and at the end of side 2 was like 'whoa'. it's a really good song too.

120db (July 27, 2009)

My favorite band right after Latterman.

HumanUnkind (December 4, 2008)

I've been writing essays to this. It is kind of distracting though as I tend to put Her and Cigarettes on a fair few times in a row. That song totally kills.

Lance_Nelson (May 29, 2008)

This is the best band in Michigan right now, hands down.

And this album is amazing too!

skottybloodbank (May 9, 2008)

i find this record is a good spin when your giving your dick a good washin

viva cheap girls!

-skotty

hitlerbadzakgood (May 8, 2008)

i know these guys, and this is my fair and biased score for this album. great band, and this is a huge jump from thier early demo. i expect more greatness from them in the future.

carrymeoutlaw (May 7, 2008)

I love Cheap Girls. "No One To Blame" is especially awesome.

bryne (May 7, 2008)

I endorse this band.

maiahausler (May 7, 2008)

This is my favorite album of the year by far. Everyone should give it a listen.

Hasheesh (May 7, 2008)

Yeah, this album is perfect for recognizing the "sin" inside of you and being on that fence as to whether or not you really want to break through. Good shit front to back.

mwel (May 6, 2008)

Seriously, this record already has 68 plays front to back on my iTunes. One of the best records that will come out in 2008.

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