Cheap Girls
Giant Orange


4.0
excellent

Review

by Statrick Pickles USER (63 Reviews)
February 20th, 2012 | 32 replies | 7,033 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Because maybe it's worth it to struggle from time to time.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

It seems as if there is nothing all that extraordinary about Ian Graham and he perfectly well knows it. Even now in fronting the third full-length from Lansing's Cheap Girls, Graham still chooses to wail out his stories and discontentment from the far side of the trio's never-waning sonic wall, knowing that the syllables he shouts will be as lost in the hazy production as he is in his own mind. He did so all throughout Find Me A Drink Home, steadily distancing himself from the world around him but failing to sever the ties for good. My Roaring 20's was but a reiteration of the same graceless shortcomings, this time camouflaged behind sunnier track titles and beefier choruses that maintained the self-destructive disposition of their predecessors. Though it could have easily picked up where album-ending confessional 'One & Four' left off, Giant Orange comes off as the optimistic counterpart to more jaded previous offerings. And wouldn't you know it, sunny is a damn good color for Cheap Girls.

With some production help from well-versed punk legend Tom Gabel of Against Me!, the Michigan-based trio are able to soar higher than ever before. Opening track 'Gone All Summer' is testimony to all that a Cheap Girls song can be, with massive fuzzy guitar lines giving the track the vitality it needs to back its (finally) positive outlook. "I've been gone all summer/and I think it's for the greater good," asserts Graham, demonstrating to himself as much as to anyone else that trying to manage musical endeavors with more promising forms of survival doesn't need to be an entirely miserable venture. Even some of the record's seemingly more downtrodden tracks carry themselves with broad shoulders and a firmamental gaze; 'If You Can't Swim' even sees Graham considering the notion that it might just all be okay in the end. This all being said, you know that no Cheap Girls record could be complete without an intensely self-critical track like 'Cored to Empty', the band's one chance to extricate themselves from the drumming's propulsive governance before returning once again to their rock-band sensibilities.

Giant Orange isn't the passage of a struggling rock star into the warm glow of the limelight; rather, it showcases a group that is willing and able to stick it out on a frustrating scene for at least another year. 'Pacer' perfectly encapsulates this going-down-swinging temperament, with the band's attention to instrumental precision and its five-minute play time cementing it not only as Cheap Girls' longest track to date, but one of their most memorable as well. Cheap Girls may in fact be the guys to always think of the right way last, as closing track 'Right Way' asserts, yet it's worth celebrating the fact that they've at least found a path worth treading.

While nobody can say for sure what brought on the more uplifting effort from Cheap Girls, one can speculate that ample time spent touring with friends in Bomb the Music Industry! and aforementioned Against Me! has something to do with it. Or perhaps it can be attributed to a prolonged absence from the cold and snowy winds that the Great Lakes collectively bring to Lansing. Either way, we listeners ought to be grateful for a band that's continuing to stay true to themselves and glad that they're sticking around.



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iFghtffyrdmns
February 20th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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LISTEN TO CHEAP GIRLS OR ELSE

pmmets07
February 20th 2012



5846 Comments


just listened to it. not my favorite but good nonetheless.

good review as per usual

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2012



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fabulous review Eric, one of your best.

I'm very much looking forward to listening to this tomorrow, Cored To Empty is awesome.

sixthgoldenticket
February 20th 2012



1176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review, catching them in about a week with the sidekicks.

Blackbelt54
February 20th 2012



4268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just starting the stream of this now, nice review

I only have their debut, is Roaring 20's good?

iFghtffyrdmns
February 20th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just as good as the debut in my opinion, and this is a bit better than both.

this is just awesome and i think the help from Tom Gabel really shows


Blackbelt54
February 20th 2012



4268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this rules so far

have you ever seen these guys live? when I did I was actually a bit underwhelmed

sixthgoldenticket
February 20th 2012



1176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

roaring 20s is good but debut and this are better imo.

hopefully tom gabel takes some cues from this and produces the new against me! album himself.

iFghtffyrdmns
February 20th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

have you ever seen these guys live? when I did I was actually a bit underwhelmed

yeah I guess I felt a little bit of the same way, though that was last summer and I haven't really given any of their prior records the attention I gave to this one. it seems like they kinda just play some songs and do their thing then quietly walk off stage and allow themselves to be forgotten haha

Blackbelt54
February 20th 2012



4268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah pretty much that whole thing I saw them last summer too

they were still good though, don't get me wrong

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2012



17196 Comments


I saw them open for Frank Turner and AJJ which is sort of a shit spot because there's no way you can impress with that following you.

iFghtffyrdmns
February 21st 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hah yeah definitely, plus the fact that these guys have such a different stage presence than Frank or AJJ. still sounds like an awesome show though.

DoubtGin
February 22nd 2012



6748 Comments


no its not

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2012



23798 Comments


this is what?

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sorry iFghtffyrdmns, just sorry...


iFghtffyrdmns
February 22nd 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hah I guess I can forgive you for having your own opinion there Tom.
I just think this is so good and I'm so stoked that Ian Graham is finally (sort of) stoked on life.

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I gave it a try based on your review, just didnt really hit me. Good work though dude.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2012



6349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review! Starting the stream, now

Digging: Shackleton - Deliverance Series No. 1

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2012



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wasn't overly impressed by this first time around, but I'll give it a few more tries. Cored To Empty stripped down was pretty cool, though.

Ire
February 22nd 2012



41746 Comments


oh sweet a new hard girls album



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