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Album Review

The Cheepskates' fourth album is rooted in some of the same 1960s rock that informed their early work, but also has a somewhat more modern power pop and alt-rock sensibility. One of the chief traits distinguishing this from other retro-sounding groups is the light and winsome tonality of Shane Faubert's lead vocals, which contrasts heavily with the generic snot-brat garage attitude many revivalist-style combos adopt. There's a little bit of a surf thrust to the tempo and percussive drive of some of the tunes, which are generally airy and peppy love tunes. It's not a major accomplishment, but it's fairly pleasant pop-rock that's neither insipid nor crude. The CD version includes an extra track, the "electric version" of "Everytime You Change Your Mind."


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Led by singer/guitarist Shane Faubert, the Cheepskates were a big part of the '80s revival of the garage rock scene on the East Coast. They released two albums with their first lineup, a four-piece that concentrated more on the retro side of the sound. By 1987, Faubert was ready for a new direction and scaled the band down to a three piece for the power pop releases Remember and It Wings Above. After a live album and a covers EP, they returned to the studio for one last time. The result, 1990's Confessional,...
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