Primitive Radio Gods
First Appeared in The Music Box, June 1997, Volume 4, #6
Written by John Metzger
The hook for Primitive Radio God's Rocket is the B.B. King-sampled Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand. Evidently Chris O'Connor, who produced and performed all of the tracks here with minimal outside assistance, shopped the song around more than a decade ago. He recently found the tapes, dusted them off, and remixed them to produce a huge hit. Despite the enormous amount of airplay it has received, it's still extraordinarily infectious. There are a few other good tunes here as well. Women blends the sounds of Collective Soul and U2, and the catchy dance beat continues in the anti-drug war song Motherfucker. A catchy drum beat and a stirring guitar solo shine through Skin Turns Blue, which mixes the sounds of Rusted Root and The Police. The remainder of the disc, however, sounds forced. It's a blaring blend of guitars and dance grooves that run together with little differentiation between the songs. ½
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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