Pure power-pop for the new millenium
Mike Vanderbilt | Chicago, IL USA | 12/05/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Coming out of the emo-rock scene, The Stereo represent a return to power-pop, the likes of hasn't been seen since Cheap Trick's hey-day. Hailing from Minnesota, home to The Replacements and Prince, The Stereo shows a love for arena rock bands like Journey, but with the smart songwriting of a Paul Westerberg or Rick Neilsen. The lead off track, 'Devotion' shows lead singer Jamie Woolford laying Rick Springfield style vocals over thick power chords, 'You've Got Some Nerve' crunches along, while 'Ramona' begs for an arena of screaming fans singing along. More sensitive numbers such as 'Please Try To Understand' shows wonderful piano from Woolford. Jaimie and the boys song's about relationships and girls can fall right beside anything by Matthew Sweet or Badfinger and not miss a beat. This album is as much fun as a rock album can get. Listen to them now, before they're filling your local stadium."