Likely the bastard child of The Replacements and Cheap Trick, New Jerseyâ€™s Dipsomaniacs play boozy bar rock and power pop stripped of any pretention. On Social Crutch, their sixth full length, there are few surprises, but thatâ€™s not exactly a bad thing. Sure the sound is a little closer to power pop than the garage rock most associate with the band, but the groupâ€™s central themes of booze, partying and regret are still front and center â€“ like Jimmy Buffett, but with better musicianship and lot better lyrics.
The album opener, â€œTogether We Can Rule the Worldâ€ sounds like something The Posies should have written in the mid 90â€™s and â€œBlame it on the Ginâ€ even sneaks in a little 60â€™s British Invasion influences. For a band thatâ€™s been at it for nearly 15 years, Dipsomaniacs still sound remarkably fresh.
Top Tracks: â€œTogether We Can Rule the World,â€ â€œBlame it on the Ginâ€ and â€œNot Waiting Aroundâ€
Ratings: 8 out of 10
Dipsomaniacs â€“ Social Crutch/CD/2009/FDR/10 tracks/www.dipsomaniacs.net