Business Casual - Beep Beep
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  • Summary: 'Business Casual' is the debut LP for the dance-oriented Nebraska four-piece, who are frequently compared to some combination of Wire, XTC and Gang Of Four and don't sound an awful lot like any of the other bands on Saddle Creek's roster, save for maybe The Faint.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. An invigorating and refreshing sonic brew. [#7]
  2. You won't be sure whether you blacked out from a seizure, gave birth to twins or simply had one of the best musical experiences of your life.
  3. Business Casual is fierce and competent, and evinces the rippling of powerful musical muscles. But its affectations are so grating that it's tough to make it through it all in a single listen.
  4. There's nothing really spectacular about any track, although in a strange way the entire album does have the ability to grow on you.
  5. On first listen sound[s] like someone taking the piss out of The Rapture. [11 Sep 2004, p.57]
  6. The sheer number of things happening in each song and the volume at which they are performed causes almost instantaneous sensory overload on all but a few tracks.
  7. 40
    Done in by fussy, irritating delivery and lyrics that range from clunky moralizing to potshots at easy targets. [Nov 2004, p.98]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. AdlyE
    Jan 24, 2005
    8
    Listing to beep beep is a unnerving yet fun experinece like drinking to much caffine definetly a work in progress but definetly great
  2. MarkR
    Apr 12, 2005
    8
    Hellishly hard to listen to at times, but stick at it, it *is* worth it.
  3. BenD
    Aug 27, 2005
    8
    For the most part, this is a very fun and enjoyable album. Some songs ("Misuse Their Bodies", "Electronic Wolves") are immediate dance-punk For the most part, this is a very fun and enjoyable album. Some songs ("Misuse Their Bodies", "Electronic Wolves") are immediate dance-punk classics while others ("Executive Foliage", "Chewy Poison") are flat out annoying. At the high points of this album it is clear that Beep Beep could be that band to fill in the dance-punk niche that indie rock so desperately needs. All they really need to do is tone down the high-pitched screaming. Business Casual shows a lot of potential and I look forward to their next album. Collapse
  4. KatieH
    Oct 26, 2004
    4
    trashy and boring, they sound more like a work-in-progress with much progress to be making.