CD 2 [All Girl Summer Fun Band] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 1063321),
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2 [All Girl Summer Fun Band] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Troublemaker
    2. Down South, 10 Hours, 1-5
    3. Ticking Time Bomb
    4. Jason Lee
    5. Grizzly Bear
    6. Inarticulation
    7. Daydreaming
    8. Video Game Heart
    9. Million Things
    10. Parallel Park
    11. Longer I Wait, The
    12. Samantha Secret Agent
    13. Becky
    14. Tour Heart Throb
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 144

  • Credits
    ProducerAll Girl Summer Fun Band
    EngineerJeremy Romagna

    All Girl Summer Fun Band: Kim Baxter (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums); Kathy Foster (vocals, guitar, bass, drums); Jen Sbragia (vocals, guitar); Ari Douangpanya (vocals, bass, drums).
    Recorded at Type Foundry, Portland, Oregon in November 2002.
    Personnel: Jen Sbragia (vocals, guitar); Kim Baxter (vocals, keyboards, typewriter).
    Audio Mixer: Jeremy Romagna.
    Recording information: Type Foundry, Portland, OR (11/2002).
    Illustrator: Jen Sbragia.
    Photographer: Michael Lavine.
    On their second album, the All Girl Summer Fun Band offer more of the spunky punk-pop with which they established themselves, taking much inspiration both from 1960s girl groups and late-'70s/early-'80s girl group-influenced punk and new wave bands. It's not an original format, no, and it's got its limitations. All that said, this is highly enjoyable and superior for its genre, with genuinely catchy, likable melodies and fairly witty, flippant lyrics. Boy-girl, or at least young man-young woman, romance is a theme that runs through a lot of these songs. But there are twists that you wouldn't likely have heard on Shangri-Las or even Blondie records, like a flame with a "Video Game Heart," or a plea to "Becky" to borrow her boyfriend. Most of this is uptempo stuff that's fun to bop along to, but it helps when a little more diversity creeps in, as in the slower and more atmospheric "Daydreaming" with its eerie high drones, the creepy synthesizer hooks of "Video Game Heart," and the almost tender high harmonies of "Becky," which is catchy in a cool mid-'60s pop/rock sense. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Magnet (6-7/03, p.84) - "...Think of 2 as the even-tempered cousin to Tuscadero's THE PINK ALBUM, with that band's sexy punk sneer subbed out for All Girl Summer Fun Band's coquettish smirk and soft-edged indie's contagious."
    CMJ (04/21/03, p.9) - "...A sweet pop blast of true girl power--music that is delightfully free of pretension and bad attitude..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (4/03, p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A substantial progression from AGSFB's first outing; the playing's more forceful, the harmonies more confident, the lyrics more sophisticated. There's giddy fun as well..."
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