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  • Summary: After a five-year hiatus, the San Francisco band returns with their fourth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Imperial Teen have again made one of the best records of the year.
  2. Shinsian popsters rejoice. Here's another dreamsicle caked with sugar sugar.
  3. 80
    When the Teens youthfully chime in behind sheepish disclosures, it's like they’re arguing that a baby seat in the tour van doesn’t have to slow down the ride. And quite often, they prove it too.
  4. 70
    The Teen’s male/female vocal harmonies and occasional big rockin’ choruses are designed to make you love them; at first this will make you hate them, then hate to love them, and finally either get over it and start bobbin’ your head, or crush this album with a hammer.
  5. 60
    It's quite fun picking off the trio's various folk-pop influences, with traces of The Mamas & The Papas, Astrud Gilberto and Natalie Merchant filtering through the mix. [Jan 2008, p.90]
  6. 60
    On this foursome's fourth collection of infectious indie pop, they downplay the sly smirking of the past. [Sep 2007, p.132]
  7. Power pop must be one of the most difficult genres to maintain as you get older, because its energy and its subject matter are so tied to youth. And yet, Imperial Teen manages to pull it off a couple of times, with bouncy, shout-along songs that fall just short of their best material.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ChampiodiP.
    Jul 14, 2009
    9
    Imperial Teen were never a band of big sounds. This album though sees them stripped down even further with an almost lo-fi quality and I say quality as this album could be their Masterpiece. Stuttering tempos and beautiful short snappy melodies, wonderfully free flowing anthems indie-rock anthems (opf the highest order), low budget glorious indiepop this is throughout, tinged with typical Bottum humour exceptional pop music. Expand
  2. JC
    Aug 24, 2007
    8
    Classic Imperial Teen. Moves mostly between the sounds of "On" ('Do It Better' is a close kin to 'Sugar') and "What Is Not To Love". "What You Do" is probably their best bittersweet closer yet. Good to have them back. Expand