First off, this disc was the one which the EP took its content from, so it would be much more informative if one would find a copy of my review of turn it up till your mommys screaminâ€™ and your sisters dancinâ€™ EP. Specifically, there are six songs that will be focused on in this review : â€œThe Jerkâ€, â€œDonâ€™t Like Youâ€, â€œVoodoo Meâ€, â€œMichelleâ€, â€œCatch My Driftâ€, and â€œDuane Eddy is the best rock-and-roll guitarist of all timeâ€. The full-length CD (at 26 minutes) continues the bouncy flow of the EP, but fleshes out some of the guitar lines and illuminates still other influences that may not have been that prevalent during the EP. Beginning â€œThe Jerkâ€ with a very Knack-like guitar line, and continues the track with multi-layered vocals a la â€œ2 Drink Girlâ€. Moving away from straightforward punk during â€œThe Jerkâ€, The Charlestons strive to make their listeners know that they are not a one-trick pony. To assuage the fears of anyone who might think that The Charlestons are losing their edge, the track that immediately follows â€œThe Jerkâ€, is an all-out frontal assault a la Dead Kennedys that decides correctly to use Evanâ€™s smooth-sounding vocals instead of trying to flog a dead horse in singing like Jello Biafra.
The LP really gives an individual the best chance to hear some of The Charlestonsâ€™ hits as they were originally intended to sound, and for the vast majority, the studio versions are solid tracks that donâ€™t have any gaffes. However, even the high amount of energy found on this disc is not enough to compare to The Charlestonsâ€™ live set. Compare specifically the studio and live versions of â€œMichelleâ€, one of The Charlestonsâ€™ hits. On the LP, â€œMichelleâ€ is the boppy-punk song that it was intended to be, but in the context of a live set everything seems sped-up, led to the unstoppable climax of the song. Ending the disc on the same catchy punk that it began with, â€œCatch My Driftâ€ rivals â€œKellyâ€™s A Little Differentâ€ and â€œ2 Drink Girlâ€ for tightness of melody and brilliant.
What could honestly be better for the secret track on this disc besides Evan dubbing over his own track? The innocuous thread that runs through this disc may seem to some silly, but it actually captures more of the spirit of punk than most of the acts currently playing music. While the EP was short and to the point, the LP has more experimentation and more of the same that makes The Charlestons so much fun to rock out to.
The Charlestons – ? LP / 9 Tracks / 2003 Self-Released / email@example.com / http://www.thecharlestons.2ya.com / Reviewed 14 August 2003 / Released September 2003