JACUZZI BOYS Glazin' CD/LP

There's no getting around the fact that Glazin' is rehashed, mildly fuzzy, 70s style power pop of the Strange Boys/Nice Boys/Smith Westerns/Cheap Time variety. And it earns them somewhere in the ballpark of negative five points for originality—the world is not in need of any more of this stuff, and there are only so many bands you want to excuse with the “it won't change music history, but it's fun” explanation. But in defense of Florida's Jacuzzi Boys, the record is cleaner and perhaps more put together than their sloppy, lively performances, and yet, somehow, they pull it off without making their recordings dull by contrast, which tends to be the frequent disappointment in a genre like theirs.

They've developed so much since their low-budget and relatively forgettable EPs from 2007 and 2008, and though their first full-length, 2009's No Seasons, was similar to Glazin' and set its tone in the sense that it was so much cleaner and presentable than the EPs that began their career, it also found vocalist Gabriel Alcala more or less shouting at the listener, which has since evolved into a cool and slightly fey delivery, not much different from Hunx (of he and his Punx). And that coolness actually works really well on Glazin', making the band sound more comfortable overall.

The record finally picks up backbone at the title track, which is, luckily, well-placed at track three, and will undoubtedly serve as the band's high point for tours to come. “Glazin'” and the track that follows, “Cool Vapors,” would make a really thrilling 7-inch, “Cool Vapors” unmistakably the exciting B-side. The rest of the album blends together a bit, and no, this record probably won't be viewed as a classic—it is very much of its time, which is funny, considering that it's part of a trend that borrows so heavily from history. Its cheap lyrics, used for the sake of rhyme, solidify this (for one, see “My heart's beating the opposite of slow/stars were dim but now they really go” from “Libras and Zebras”). It almost feels lazy to summarize Glazin' by saying, “it won't change music history, but it's fun,” but then, there's no better way to articulate the feeling it arouses. [Hardly Art]

-China Bialos

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