Cheap Girls
My Roaring 20s


5.0
classic

Review

by Roy Kirby USER (1 Reviews)
October 19th, 2009 | 19 replies | 7,271 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Cheap Girls new record "My Roaring 20's" is the new soundtrack to the stoner after party. Mid 20's, graduate from high school, take some college courses, but still working the same dead end okay paying job? THIS IS YOUR "BORN TO RUN".

The Cheap Girls new record "My Roaring 20's" is the new soundtrack to the stoner after party.* Enough rocking songs to keep everybody in a good mood with just enough melancholy to give the room personality. With some mellow jams and crooning vocals for making out.

Cheap Girls play the kind of guitar pop found in bands like the Gin Blossoms and the Lemonheads. Simple four chord pop with tons of energy that just rocks. The hooks aren't always obvious but they are catchy and grants the listener many repeat listens.

Adam Aymor's guitars jangle and rock part Replacements part Cheap Trick. The songs may be heavy on chords and light on riffs but make no mistake this man is the new Joe Perry. He makes this trio sound huge and adds soulful, melodic solos to boot. Bassist/Vocalist, Ian Graham, and drummer brother, Ben Graham make a marvelously tight rythym section. Similar to Robert and Ryan Pope of the Get Up Kids. Ben drums like Weezer's drummer Pat Wilson, simple and solid with lots of cool fills.

But the real spotlight of this record is Ian Graham's songwriting. Ian sings the songs of the twenty something. A boozin' stoned stumbler desperately trying to transition from young adult to responsible adult. With friends with degrees still working back counter jobs and getting wasted. The singer is in debt with credit cards and dreams of being in a better place in "Sleeping Weather" but stays with the bad life citing "Someone's gotta do what the others they will not do" in "Something That I Need".

Much like their previous album "Find Me a Drink Home", drug abuse is a reoccurring theme. However unlike on FMDH, he sounds less guilty about his drug use and more love lorn. Great lyrics like "I lost a lot of love to pills and cigarettes. Cause they always fill the gaps til there is no room left".

Mid 20's, graduate from high school, take some college courses, but still working the same dead end okay paying job? THIS IS YOUR "BORN TO RUN". Sonically they bear no resemblance to the Boss or the E Street Band but no one but the Boss has channeled the "we could be someplace better" romantic feeling more than the Cheap Girls have on "My Roaring 20's." Ian ends the record singing "My whole life feels I'm in a constant confessional." Well as a listener I'm no priest, all I can say is amen brother. - Roy


* - In my opinion, replacing Superdrag's "Head Trip In Every Key"


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WatchItExplode
October 19th 2009



3227 Comments


You get props for namedroppin' Head Trip but your comparisons left me scratching my head

Atlantic11
October 19th 2009



123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you also get props for reviewing this awesome album, but your review is extremely hard to follow. Next time try separating topics into paragraphs and talk about how said album compares to last album possibly.

Douglas
October 19th 2009



9097 Comments


Paragraphs would be handy

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jagride
October 19th 2009



2306 Comments


gin blossoms? vomit diarrhea

Society Sellout
October 19th 2009



292 Comments


wall o text

RoyKirby
October 20th 2009



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Spaced it out so it'd look a little better. Sorry it was a written after a few bong rips. I'm not sure what comparisons have you shaking your head?

WatchItExplode
October 20th 2009



3227 Comments


Aymor's guitars jangle and rock part Replacements part Cheap Trick. The songs may be heavy on chords and light on riffs but make no mistake this man is the new Joe Perry. here for starters...maybe if l take a toke it'll click

RoyKirby
October 21st 2009



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There's a chance it will. His lead guitar playing, and his tone reminds me of Joe Perry. And the songs use a lot of open chords with extra strings ringing (part Replacements), but are also punchy and tight (part Cheap Trick). I hope that clears it up some, but I really think the bong hit would put things in perspective for you.

redstateruse
October 25th 2009



4 Comments


Any review that mentions Head Trip In Every Key, even in passing, is alright by me. Pre-ordered this awhile back...the wait is killing me. Oh and the comparisons are absolutely spot-on, so not sure what anyone's complaining about there.

redstateruse
October 25th 2009



4 Comments


Btw 'All My Clean Friends' is the stand-out song for me. Oh yes; anticipating endless spins of that one in my vehicle in the near future.

spoon_of_grimbo
October 25th 2009



2240 Comments


i really like "find me a drink home," might have to check this bad boy out. is it available on cd anywhere? cuz i know it's on paper and plastick and they're apparently "above CDs" or whatever. the bastards.

redstateruse
October 26th 2009



4 Comments


Spoon, the vinyl edition of MRT actually comes with the cd version as a free pack-in, at least for now. Great deal.

RoyKirby
October 26th 2009



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes, like he said the vinyl comes with the cd inside.

"All My Clean Friends" is definitely the stand out track for me too.

Atlantic11
November 5th 2009



123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this cd gets better with every listen. i still dont know if i like this better than FMADH but its a more chill cd.

Get to see them with Small Brown Bike next month its gonna be the shizz

redstateruse
November 10th 2009



4 Comments


A small gripe with the review: I don't quite see this as "the new soundtrack to the stoner after party" (and thereby not as a "replacement" for Head Trip in that sense, but as more of a spiritual companion piece to that record). I guess I see it more as the soundtrack to that killer saturday/sunday morning hangover. All My Clean Friends is still my fav but One & Four and Lab Technicians are gaining ground.

RoyKirby
November 13th 2009



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'll agree that it's a morning hangover record as well, but I'm sticking strongly behind it being the soundtrack for the stoner after party. It's upbeat rock songs with just the right amount of mellowness, it keeps people head bobbing but you can chill and make out to it too. And that is why it is perfect for the stoner after party. The laid back vocal croon and plenty of drug references are just the icing on the cake.

guitarplaya91
August 31st 2011



485 Comments


This is REALLY good.

tom79
August 25th 2012



3365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking love this album, start to finish. 'All My Clean Friends' has to be one of my favorite songs.

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Kman418
November 21st 2013



10192 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wow this is super super average wow what the fuck

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