Volume 95, Issue 8

Thursday, September 13, 2001
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Bullfrog: The Beatles with a turntable

Disc of the Week

Kokopelli's a new flaming treat

Lower you Hi-Standard for this

Play-ing in London

Lower you Hi-Standard for this

Love is a Battlefield

Fat Wreckchords

The punk rock genre is notorious for churning out ridiculously short songs and the latest release by Japan's own Hi-Standard is a testament to this tradition.

Love is a Battlefield tries to cram three new tracks and one cover tune into just over eight minutes and pass it off as an album.

The first and third songs provide the tight guitar work and cheery singing that have put Hi-Standard on the map. It incorporates "Beach Boy-esque" harmonies and hard driving chords.

Unfortunately, we've heard it all before. These tracks surround the whiny, "My First Kiss;" a tune which drones on in a mind-numbing fashion reminiscent of the hair-band ballads of the 1980s.

The album's only saving grace is the band's take on Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love," reminding us that everybody enjoys a good punk cover.

Taking just eight minutes and 19 seconds to listen to Love is a Battlefield shows perhaps Hi-Standard should have spent less time battling love, and more time in the studio.

–Grant Donaldson

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