David Browne
August 20, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Alive & Amplified

Current Status
In Season

We gave it a C+

Following in Liz Phair?s footsteps, these New York garage blockheads recruited the Matrix for their second CD Alive & Amplified, thus becoming the first band of their genre to officially sell out. The collaboration with pop?s most ham-fisted producers has its moments: ”Loose ‘n’ Juicy” is a dumb-fun power-chorder perfect for car stereos. Unfortunately, the Mooney Suzuki concept of mass appeal also includes embarrassing homages to the glory of rock (and groupies)and a Bic-lighter ballad that?s pure Hootie.

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