Pop-punk from California is always welcome in my
home. Nothing particularly surprising here, but that's the rock
you swallow with the genre as a whole. In fact I'd be more impressed
if I hadn't read the bio sheet. The Adorkables were founded with
the notion that 3-chord pop punk is easy, and that if some anyone
can pick a guitar and do it, certainly Eric, Bill, and Tommy can
do it better. What I assumed would be a superior collection of pop
punk nuggets was just another rock to swallow. Seven basic spunky
tunes, very simple rhymes, and harmonies that hit and miss all point
toward the work of amateurs.
being said, even amateurs can make their mark. "Group Home"
gets stuck in your head after a while, but "Needlepoint Girl"
is the highlight of the disc, finally combining all necessary elements
(catchy melody, speedy chorus) into a pop punk gem. "Christina
Ricci", while also an ok tune, will get no recommendation from
me (see: My long-running fight with pop punk bands to stop writing
songs about celebrity girls). Overall the disc is a wash with me,
but in the end I hope the Adorkables return with some experience
under their belt. I'm sure they've got another hit in them.