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  • Summary: Named after the setting of the 1985 film "The Goonies," 'So Long Astoria' is the major-label debut (and fourth studio LP) for the power-pop five-piece. Included here is a cover of Don Henley's "Boys of Summer."
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. A fine trip down memory lane that celebrates the complexities of growing up.
  2. The Ataris transcend the four-square melodic thud of their contemporaries with a gentle melancholy and poetic ambition. [May 2003, p.98]
  3. Asstoria radiates a childlike glee and naivete you'll wish you still had. [Apr 2003, p.70]
  4. 60
    The band turns [Kris Roe's] melodic remembrances into energized, youthful pop anthems, like a less-frivolous Blink-182. [#15, p.120]
  5. If play-it-to-the-back-rows, unabashed power-pop is what the Ataris were after here, they've delivered it with nigh perfection.
  6. Another collection of typical speed punk tunes, virtually indistinguishable from the work of Green Day and Blink-182, not to mention dozens of other similar bands.
  7. 10
    Leave this record on the shelf. When it invariably hits the used bins, don't buy it.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. bean
    May 6, 2004
    10
    id giv it a 20 if i could!!! its awesome
  2. CarrieM
    Jul 19, 2003
    10
    I thought the songs were totally amazing. I absolutely loved the cd
  3. KerryM
    Jun 11, 2003
    10
    its some good stuff...
  4. lydias
    Oct 11, 2003
    10
    this was a great cd
  5. MarcW
    Aug 24, 2003
    9
    This is a great cd with beautiful ad meaningful songs. None of the songs are cheapened by any unneccesary vulgarities. The lyrics read like a This is a great cd with beautiful ad meaningful songs. None of the songs are cheapened by any unneccesary vulgarities. The lyrics read like a magical trip back to the early years of our lives. The Ataris kickass!!! Expand
  6. Jan 19, 2012
    8
    I think this album gets lost in the shuffle of the sound at that time. This album stands out because of Kris Roe's songwriting skills andI think this album gets lost in the shuffle of the sound at that time. This album stands out because of Kris Roe's songwriting skills and well-crafted guitars. I think this album was knocked because music critics really seemed to hate pop punk at the time. But this album holds up. Expand
  7. JoeL
    Aug 9, 2003
    0
    Pop-punk fuckin sucks, turn the god damn mtv off!!!!!

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