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Thursday, May 22, 2003

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CD REVIEW: All Systems Go

All Systems Go
Mon Chi Chi
Aquarius Records



Mon Chi Chi, the follow-up to the band's 1999 debut release, is straight ahead garage-rock with just the right amount of grunge. Producer Daniel Rey, who also worked with The Ramones and The Misfits, keeps the sound clean and crisp without losing any of the band's vital energy.

The punk-influenced "All These Things" is transformed into a hard-driving rock 'n' roll song by a hummable bridge. Echoes of The Velvet Underground can be heard in the sneering vocals and hypnotic bass-line of "Roll Your Eyes." Melissa Auf Der Maur, formerly of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, joins in on the FM radio-ready rock-ballad "Meagan's Law."

Mon Chi Chi proves that All Systems Go is ready to go for mainstream success.

–Nicole Laidler

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