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  The Reputation  
  The Reputation  
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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 website 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:

  1. I should probably trust my inner-guilt a little more, and
  2. An attractive blonde singing about sex will make a lot of friends.

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?

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  This is a mini-review composed to go along with Malimus' 2002 Year In Review list. It might make sense to read that whole list.  

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