Crystal Method Actors
There's a real powerpop sensibility at work here. Tommy Hahn (vocals) belts out the tunes with power and skill while Bill Reuter (guitar) delivers riffs and licks handily played on top of the tight rhythm section of CD Smid (bass) and Glen Moncatch (drums). Tracks like 'Ordinary Girl' and 'Alarm Clocks' are perfect for cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway, while 'Jokers and Players' and 'I Never Got Used To It' are bittersweet love songs with a lot of feeling. Reuter's lyrics are by turns convoluted and surreal, and narrative and entertaining. Produced by David Vartanian (Violent Femmes, Talking Heads, Live...), the disc has a great, present sound. Vartanian does a great job of translating the Revs' live energy into the studio.