Sunday, August 3, 2014
New Muffs album....ahhhh!
With Whoop Dee Doo, we get the best of both worlds: the punch and growl of The Muffs' early work combined with the more sophisticated, '60s pop influenced songwriting that have characterized the band's more recent releases. I feel like veteran rockers such as Kim Shattuck have so much to offer the world due to the life experience and seasoned musical chops they bring to the table. This Muffs lineup - unchanged for 20 years - sounds like it has taken a dip in the Fountain of Youth. It really shows that the band had fun making this record. Kim's lyrics - by turns scathing, tender, and hilarious - are probably the best of her career. And of course she shows her usual knack for crafting perfect pop songs. "Cheezy" and "Forever" stun with gorgeous, Beatle-esque melodies. "Up And Down Around", with its lush backing vocals and hugely hooky chorus, is the very definition of classic Muffs. And with more than a few rockers thrown into the mix ("Take A Take Me" rejoices in the band's garage rock roots), this album successfully revisits the formula that worked so well on the band's first two albums. I like The Muffs as a pure pop group but truly love them as a punky pop group.
And at a time when so many current power pop/punk bands cite The Muffs as a huge inspiration, Whoop Dee Doo reminds us exactly why that's the case. Along with punk greats like OFF!, The Muffs are representing for the masters class and showing the young 'uns how it's done. Whoop Dee Doo will delight longtime fans. And if you missed out on The Muffs in their '90s heyday because you, uh, weren't born yet - this is as good of a place to start as any.