11 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Lansing, Mich.–based Cheap Girls are quickly becoming the Midwestern saviors of rock ’n’ roll, falling into the role once pioneered by The Replacements and further settled by Wilco and Smoking Popes and, arguably, The Hold Steady (whose Craig Finn shows up for a vocal appearance here on “Man in Question”). On album number four, the band recorded over three months in Grand Rapids and Chicago with Rick Johnson (who recorded the band’s first two albums) and Jeff Dean, who assisted the band with the mix. Led by the heart-wrenching singing of Ian Graham, who hits the sweet spot in songs such as “Slow Nod,” “Short Cut Days,” “Knock Me Over,” “Amazing Grace," and “Pure Hate,” the album is a near-perfect collection of melodic rock tunes. These are the kind of songs that were once the driving force on albums by Lemonheads, Soul Asylum, and countless other groups who followed punk's example to simplify music and bring it back to its three-chord roots.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Lansing, Mich.–based Cheap Girls are quickly becoming the Midwestern saviors of rock ’n’ roll, falling into the role once pioneered by The Replacements and further settled by Wilco and Smoking Popes and, arguably, The Hold Steady (whose Craig Finn shows up for a vocal appearance here on “Man in Question”). On album number four, the band recorded over three months in Grand Rapids and Chicago with Rick Johnson (who recorded the band’s first two albums) and Jeff Dean, who assisted the band with the mix. Led by the heart-wrenching singing of Ian Graham, who hits the sweet spot in songs such as “Slow Nod,” “Short Cut Days,” “Knock Me Over,” “Amazing Grace," and “Pure Hate,” the album is a near-perfect collection of melodic rock tunes. These are the kind of songs that were once the driving force on albums by Lemonheads, Soul Asylum, and countless other groups who followed punk's example to simplify music and bring it back to its three-chord roots.

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