This album sounds like a fourth-generation copy of a cassette that had been buried in the backseat of someone’s Dodge Omni under a pile of McDonald’s bags and schoolbooks. Luckily, they credit Jimmy Ether for mixing and mastering, so at least you know who to avoid. It’s rare in these days of ProTools to hear something recorded this badly. It’s so rare that it’s interesting, even charming. Anthemic Pop Wonder’s catchy little rock songs immediately brought me back down to Andy Sheneman’s basement where I watched my friends’ band record a handful of songs into their newly purchased four-track. Hearing the playback was an exciting experience, and that same exuberance is all over the place on Rapid Pop Thrills. Which raises the question, would the songs sound as good and would I even have made it past the first track if they were recorded properly? I don’t know, but I do know that you just can’t go wrong with a song titled “How Great Was Hüsker Dü!”
MP3s available via mp3.com.