Cookies - 1990s
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  • Summary: Before forming the 1990s, Jackie McKeown and Jamie McMorrow were in The Yummy Furs, which once included two members of Franz Ferdinand.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. There are a lot of clever, cutting lines in this album, lots of references to taking many drugs and then taking even more, and in the hands of a less assured band these things would come off sounding callow and glib.
  2. 1990s bring hooks, sneers and, well, intoxicants to spare, with the punched-up sheen of a production budget to boot (helmed by ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler).
  3. 1990s are a Scottish indie trio who pursue their ridiculous CBGB punk fantasies with almost religious devotion, resulting in some of the most hilariously brilliant singles of the past year.
  4. A little of 1990s' debut album Cookies goes a long way, but bouncy, witty anthems like 'You Made Me Like It' kick hard, whether they're meant to be ironic or not.
  5. Things do sometimes get laboured and one-dimensional. But, there's a wry Glaswegian humour here, which ensures there are plenty of smiles to go with those dance moves.
  6. There is much to like about Cookies: Jackie McKeown has a perfect yelping voice to pull off the sarcastic, knowing and sassy lyrical pose, the band is tight and raw but able to rein things in on funky tunes like 'Arcade Precinct,' and Butler keeps things quite simple and gets a remarkably punchy sound out of the trio.
  7. There’s no moderation on Cookies, no inner temperate telling the lads, "Enough’s enough," whether it’s following yet another crack about getting paralytic on drugs, another glammy, mascara-running-from-the-sweat-and-effort guitar solo, or that nth attempt to be cheeky.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Jul 3, 2012
    10
    Brilliant debut. One of the most fun albums I have listened to in a while. Every song is a stand out. I have had this disc for 3 years now and it is still one of my favorites to play all the way through. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Oct 10, 2007
    10
    Great debut.
  3. GordoC.
    Jan 5, 2008
    9
    Kickass rock with a punk attitude. Play it at your next party!