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Cheap Girls - My Roaring 20's [12 inch] (Cover Artwork)

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Cheap Girls: My Roaring 20's [12 inch]My Roaring 20's [12 inch] (2009)
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Offering a solid progressive followup album, Cheap Girls are the current experts on paying homage to '90s alternative and power-pop -- if not the only experts in the field today. With last year's debut Find Me a Drink Home, you might have been reminded of '90s greats the Lemonheads, Archers of Loaf .
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Offering a solid progressive followup album, Cheap Girls are the current experts on paying homage to '90s alternative and power-pop -- if not the only experts in the field today. With last year's debut Find Me a Drink Home, you might have been reminded of '90s greats the Lemonheads, Archers of Loaf and, sometimes, Dinosaur Jr. My Roaring 20's offers familiar comparisons as they don't stray far from that original style, but Cheap Girls really shine on this album with an added twangy, bluesy acoustic element to their alt-power-pop. Compared to their debut, this album gives off more of a southern vibe (despite their Michigan location).

As they seem to really be coming into their own on this release, there's good energy from start to finish on this album. Steady mid-tempo-to-fast drums behind poppy strumming and catchy, melodic guitar riffs keep the album upbeat yet mellow from start to finish. Cheap Girls still retain that '90s alternative influence and mash it with a more folky drinking-song style for an overall feel-good experience.

While he's not the most talented vocalist, Ian Grahm's unique smooth and folky style is consistent, leaving a lasting impression. Just as with Find Me a Drink Home, lyrics remain honest and creative as they stick to the album title's theme. While they're a bit meloncholy, the catchiness of the tunes offers sing-alongs throughout the entire album. Standout catchy lyrics are in the end track, "One & Four," as he belts with melodic sadness "Where did you come from? Where did you go?" in each catchy chorus. "Hey, Hey I'm Worn Out" offers a sing-along of the track's title a few times throughout. Over the twangy guitars, Grahm's voice is nearly intoxicating, fitting well into these perfect drinking tunes.

My Roaring 20's is the perfect followup album. Cheap Girls retain their awesome influences as they take on their own unique style and bring something new to the table in today's independent music scene.

 

 
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champion_sound (September 25, 2012)

great lyrics, great band

neverbeenbetter (November 21, 2009)

a bunch of fuckin dudes

gay sausage

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sloanedaley (November 21, 2009)

yeah this hasn't hit me the way Find Me A Drink Home did, it is a good record though. Check out their split with Failures Union, the songs on there reminded much more of that record.

R3vengeTherapy (November 21, 2009)

This fell flat on me the first time I heard it. I need to give it more time. I thought Find Me a Drink Home was absolutely fantastic, and I still listen to it regularly over a year after its release, but for some reason this didn't click with me immediately.

120db (November 21, 2009)

This band, this album is made of gold.

Coldwaraaron (November 21, 2009)

This band is good. Expect to listen to them, and feel good.

kneel (November 20, 2009)

i love that this band is punk rock. even though they arent.

Preston (November 20, 2009)

This band is great. They're really catchy, but don't wear off like most music that is immediately so. In fact, both records are now in heavy rotoation.

singthblues (November 20, 2009)

Great record. I've been listening to it almost non-stop for like, a month, however long I've had it. Sleeping Weather and Something I Need are my favorite tracks, Hey Hey I'm Worn Out st up there too. This band is awesome I cannot stress that enough. Buy this record.

Drew Sherlock (November 20, 2009)

While the best songs on their first record are better than the best songs on this one, this record is better overall. So great.

nocigar (November 20, 2009)

yessss....soo fucking good.

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