Don Henley in a punk band would be probably the most adequate description that I could give to Ann Beretta. On â€œThree Chord Revolutionâ€, their new revolution, they use the same type of tempo and strung-out California that Don perfected on eirâ€™s seminal hit, â€œBoys of Summerâ€. Imagine if Mike Ness was doped up on Quaaludes, and you have an idea of what Robâ€™s vocals sound like. There is absolutely no energy in this punk revolution, and we are left with sappy love tracks like â€œLipstick and Makeupâ€. If this album came out in 1992, we would be revering Three Chord Revolution as an impressive album to go along with â€œMy Brother the Cowâ€ and â€œGrave Dancers Unionâ€. The sing-alongs on this disc, such as those that litter â€œPicture Perfect Worldâ€, are properly apathetic to match the mood of the song.
The disc isnâ€™t all bad, and tracks like â€œAngry All The Timeâ€ would be a killer hit if it wasnâ€™t sung by Rob. As such, even ey canâ€™t take all the emotion and energy of the track â€“ seriously, when I hear Ann Beretta, I hear punk rock elevator music. While the style of music would be best lumped in to the broad genre known as pop-punk, I am loathe to really affix that term to this album, as it would put to shame the collective accomplishments of the genre, whether it be the Ramones or old Blink 182 or even Pinhead Gunpowder. â€œBetter Halfâ€ is an exercise in embarrassment, where Rob tries to go and sound like The Clash circa London Calling and accomplishes sounding like â€œKokomoâ€ era Beach boys.
A brief high point is found in â€œLost in Youâ€, where the multi-part harmonies are something thatare above-par. However, this entire album is really disappointing in the sense that everything is so pale and paint by the numbers, and that the Revolution is really just the same album, same sound, and same battered font that have been used on literally thousands of punk albums. There is nothing endearing about this album, and I really canâ€™t come up with a reason that someone would want to listen to it. If a parent was trying to satiate their children that are clamoring for real punk, this might be the wishy-washy album that would do. Perhaps the dropping of this band by Lookout will be followed by the jettisoning of more garbage from the ailing behemoth that is the record label.
Rating : 2.9/10
Top Track : Fallout
Ann Beretta â€“ Three Chord Revolution / 12 Tracks / 2003 Union 2112 Records / http://www.annberetta.com / http://www.unionlabelgroup.com / Released 21 October 2003 / Reviewed 21 January 2004