The Nice Boys CD reviewed by Michael Coleman

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The Nice Boys CD reviewed by Michael Coleman
Dec 10, 2007, 04:25

The Nice Boys - The Nice Boys


Is it possible that an indie-rock band with a hipster Portland pedigree could actually sound like Rick Springfield, the iconic soap opera hunk who became a smash rock star singing about “Jessie's Girl” nearly three decades ago? For some reason—probably the similar chord structures—I couldn't get that catchy song out of my head listening to “Teenage Nights,” the first track on The Nice Boys eponymous debut. That's not necessarily a bad thing… I guess. Lead singer guitarist Terry Six (formerly of Exploding Hearts) oozes sincerity, almost too much. He's got a broken heart, he's feeling rejected, he's feeling left out. Maybe that's why they're called The Nice Boys. Maybe they should quit whining and try kicking ass for a change. Don't get me wrong; the band has chops. They just feel a bit predictable. The Cheap Trick, Gary Glitter power pop sound worked great in the 70's. Today, it just feels dated. [Birdman]

-Michael Coleman

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