Published on August 7th, 2012 | by greg0
Redd Kross: Researching The Blues:: Review
It’s hard to believe that Redd Kross has been absent from the music biz for 15 years. In today’s society of instant gratification, people get upset if their favorite artists aren’t releasing music every two years. An absence of four years is practically unheard of and today’s musicians wouldn’t think of taking a generation and a half off. What’s alarming is that Redd Kross was ubiquitous on the concert scene in the 90′s and I think I saw them about five times touring with various acts. Then Redd Kross disbanded and I never thought they would return after such an extended hiatus. I also didn’t think that Redd Kross would sound almost exactly as they left off on their new album Researching The Blues.
Researching The Blues is a refreshing blast of sugary, bubblegum pop that finds the band in fine form. There’s nothing crusty or geriatric feeling about Researching The Blues as it easily can stand up next to Phaseshifter or Third Eye. The crunchy title track serves as a potent reminder of Redd Kross’ songwriting prowess and the Partridge Family-like “Stay Away From Downtown” carries an apt reminder of hidden dangers. Redd Kross reference age on the “Uglier” and prove that they haven’t lost their sense of class on the Byrdsian “Dracula’s Daughter.” “One of the Good Ones” has enough tambourine shakin’ and finger snappin’ to get you off your ass and that’s what you should do when you hear that Redd Kross is back in town.