On - Imperial Teen
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  • Summary: This is the third album for the San Francisco band featuring drummer Lynn Perko and former Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. Pop isn't an ambition for these smart people with other things to do, it's a discipline--the tunes strong, the beats solid, the vocals lightly yearning and pungently sweet.
  2. 90
    What On really proves is that great albums aren't a thing of the past. [#54, p.94]
  3. 80
    Imperial Teen deploy the familiar language of pop-rock, then subvert it with strange, chewy tales, making music that wraps arsenic in a candy coating. [Apr/May 2002, p.114]
  4. On succeeds not in spite of its simplicity, but because of it.
  5. On offers tight musicianship, intimate lyrics and a wider sonic berth in comparison to indie pop's lyrically trite mistake celebrations. [May 2002, p.90]
  6. On is that increasingly rare rock & roll specimen -- a magnificently hedonistic party album for extremely consenting adults.
  7. 50
    Either annoyingly sweet or refereshingly well-adjusted, depending on your mood. [Oct 2002, p.107]

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. CliffR.
    May 25, 2002
    Solid from start to finish, simply put. I like the production much more than 'What Is Not To Love', particularly the vocals, juicy.
  2. Apr 7, 2012
    One of my favorite records of all time. It didnt start out that way. Dont get me wrong, I liked it a lot right from the start. But over the years I keep coming back to it. Imperial Teen are amazing, absolutely brilliant Pop Rock artists. They prove that being smart and having great taste is far more important than being an instrumental virtuoso. I love this record and this band. Expand

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