To be honest, I felt a bit guilty for enjoying
this band as much as I did when I first stumbled across it.
I thought it was catchy and good for driving, but there was
something about it that wouldn’t let me give it the full-on
woo-hoo, if you see what I’m saying.
I thought Elizabeth Elmore’s lyrics, while alluring,
were a bit over the top and teetered on the edge of the precocious.
There was just a little too much of “college junior Lit
major on voyage of discovery” for me to embrace the disc
fully, and the bland and forgettable backing work of the band
proper didn’t do anything to help.
Still, these guys were in steady rotation during the commute
to work. But still, when I jumped back over to the band’s
I was a bit surprised to find that all of the band members had
at least some previous experience and that critics in other
parts apparently found The Reputation to be brilliant.
What I take away from all of this is:
- I should probably trust my inner-guilt a little more, and
- An attractive blonde singing about sex will make a lot of
But I stand by my initial judgment, overall. It’s good.
She’s attractive, blonde, and sings about sex. But it’s
missing something, some grit, some real something or other.
It’s too clean. It doesn’t seem like she’s
enjoying the sex much. And where’s the fun in that?