Chris Willman
April 17, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

All the Pain Money Can Buy

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Pop

We gave it an A-

We’re told the ”power pop” label is the kiss of death, so let’s say you might enjoy this Austin trio even if you don’t care for three-minute rock songs rife with whistleable riffs, mistakable-for-vintage hooks, and the wryest possible sincerity. Talk about knowing ”The Way”: Fastball’s unexpectedly crackerjack sophomore try All the Pain Money Can Buy is such a quantum leap forward from their mediocre, garage-y ’96 debut, it’s as if they progressed from the Hamburg Club to Rubber Soul in two years. A-

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