"If you've had enough of really bad, formulaic and repeatetive pop garbage... than you're in for a treat with this release. Now, here comes some really good formulaic and repeatetive pop - garbage. An extremely passionate form of grunge that gives a good ribkick with striking, intelligant lyrics and an underground stance that humbles the product. "Imperial Teen" and "Eternity" stand-out as 2 of the better, keeping low to the ground but at an "acquired taste" tag. "Water Boy" is a heavy and extremely short ditty that every single music fan should hear for an amazing lack of effort on the part of the listener. "Butch" and "You're One" are flamingly hot and ... tracks that are easy to get caught up in. "Pig Latin" and "Blaming the Baby" are warm-milk lullabyes whose ultra-melodic harmonies are sure to appease a listener of any musical genre. "Balloon" and "Tippy Tap" are 2 of the harder-rockers on this album which would make great club-fare. Finally, "Copafeelia" and "Luxury" are 2 very hard rocking tracks with a lot of sweet sadness involved. "Luxury" plays like a story depicting the life of a rich boy who just wants to be understood in a cold-hearted family. Easily one of the best releases of the year and of the greatest albums I've ever heard. For even 1 person, that's a lot to say."
Seasick is a Classic
Darth Mikey | TN | 02/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Top 50 In SPIN I actually bought this CD when it first came out and never listened to it. I used to buy music en masse based partly on reviews and partly on gut instinct. A few months ago SPIN Magazine came out with their top 500 CD list. There were two noticable things that occured. Firstly, OK Computer was number one and Dark Side of the Moon was number two. Secondly. Seasick by Imperial Teen was in the top 50. I was floored.
"Hey!" I said to myself. "I own that CD."
Of course giving it a good listen was imperitave. To really give something a good listen you have to drive with it in your car and not skip tracks. Here's what I found out. There's not a week track on the album. The song writing is topnotch The production is perfect It deserves a spot in the top 50 The End Is As Good As The Beginning This is one of those "grows on you albums." I am particularly fond of Luxury, track number 10. The album has that seemless Joshua Tree quality that's easy to enjoy. Just put it on and listen to it from start to finish. There are no fillers. The CD has a nice, alternative, gritty quality and never struck me at all as pop. I highly recommmend Seasick to everyone who enjoys discovering 10 year old music that they should have been turned on to a long time ago."
A rocking, power-poppy good time
Dudley Dooright | 07/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I'm not going to repeat all the comparisons to the various bands with whom Imperial Teen share parts of their sound, I'll freely say that if you have the opportunity to see this band live (they're currently touring with The Breeders), by all means, DO IT. Within days of seeing them in San Francisco, I'm the proud owner of all three of their albums, and this one, perhaps on the strength of the two-minute punk/pop energy of "Water Boy" alone, is my favorite. These guys are so damn fun, I dare you to listen and not smile. Or dance, even. Good, good stuff."
Mellow rock for a good time
Robin Brown | Texas | 09/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is perfect for calmer days when you want something not too loud but rockin' enough for a good time. While the music is mellow, the lyrics are quirky and the vocals are funky, creating the perfect balance of zany and zen."
Bow down to me, bow down, yeah, baby baby!
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 09/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The debut of "Imperial Teen" was one of my favorite albums on 1996. It's sly and subversive, aggressive and funny, and most importantly, smart. Ranging from a punk blast worthy of The Ramones ("Waterboy") to psychedelic pop ("Balloon"), these four San Franciscans make very gay friendly music. Lyrics like "Kiss me like a man, boy" or "the prince wants to be a queen" (which seemingly was about Kurt Cobain, who was a friend of keyboardist Roddy Bottum) sneak by before you realize exactly what you're singing along to. There's literally nothing to compare this to..which makes me recommend it all the more. Long Live "Imperial Teen!""