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Baby Teeth

The Simp

(Lujo; US: 13 Mar 2007; UK: Available as import)

Do you know the band Baby Teeth? A couple years ago we interviewed member Peter Andreadis and it got me to listen to some of his stuff and I really dug it. Anyway, I’m reviewing the new one, The Simp. And it’s got these frighteningly obvious influences staring me in the face that for some reason I can’t name. It’s basic, but really good, pop-rock, so the fact that it sounds familiar isn’t surprising, but a couple time I’ve felt like I know exactly who they were listening to when recording this, only I can’t name them. Something glam, some late ‘70s/early ‘80s. Ergh—I hate this feeling. Although that’s probably what makes this so enjoyable, that it’s comfortable without being actually derivative, even if I do think that one part from “The Birds Are Crying” is a lot like Foreigner’s “Double Vision”. But with more dancing.

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Justin Cober-Lake lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, kids, and dog. His writing has appeared in a number of places, including Stylus, Paste, Chord, and Trouser Press. His work made its first appearance on CD with the release of Todd Goodman's first symphony, Fields of Crimson. He's recently co-founded the literary fly-fishing journal Rise Forms.


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Teetering between campy fun and just plain bad, Baby Teeth offer a confusing and ultimately frustrating platter of head-scratching rump-shakers.
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