Ben Weasel and his Iron String Quartet â€“ These Ones Are Bitter/ 2007 Mendota Recording Co./ 14 Tracks / http://benweasel.mu.nu/ / http://www.mendotarecording.com /
After five years hiatus Ben Weasel former front man of legendary pop-punk bands Screeching Weasel and The Riverdales is back and has made damn sure that the wait was worth it with These Ones Are Bitter. Taking everything that only a master of the pop and punk craft could do Weasel gives us fourteen tracks of sugary-sweet mania starting us off with a little rush, â€œLet Freedom Ring,â€ a new anthem for all of us who have as he says â€œtook it on the chinâ€¦â€ and came back to realize now that the monkey is off our backs itâ€™s time to party! â€œIn a Few Daysâ€ doesnâ€™t slow the album down any and it keeps coming with â€œGot My Number,â€ which is in all respects classic Weasel.
The list of bands that Ben Weasel has influenced seems to go on and on and plenty of people are continually turned onto his brilliance. As it stands right now Ben Weasel will go down in the hierarchy of the punk world as one of its bright spots that seemed to have energy that went on for days and this is shown through and through in These Ones Are Bitter, tracks four â€œHappy Saturday,â€ continues to deliver followed â€œSour All Over,â€ slows it down just a bit but still keeps you entertained and wanting more, more, more. â€œThe First Day of Springâ€ and â€œBlue Is The Oceanâ€ show maturity in Weaselâ€™s lyrics which is a welcomed surprise. Coming back for another swing as the album rolls in to the final seven tracks â€œAffected By Youâ€ rekindles interest with another anthem about breaking away once and for all. Immediately following is â€œJeanette,â€ a song that everyone can relate to with that one friend who as Weasel puts it â€œtried to understand – I don’t think anybody really canâ€¦â€
â€œAddition by Subtraction,â€ is an interesting track. In it you can hear the direct influence lyrically and musically in much of todayâ€™s rising stars who have taken much of what they play Iâ€™m sure from acts like Weasels former bandâ€™s (Screeching Weasel/The Riverdales). These Ones Are Bitter wraps up with â€œGive It Time,â€ â€œSummerâ€™s Always Gone Too Soonâ€ and â€œIn a Bad Placeâ€ three tracks that just like the rest of the album keeps your head bopping to the masterful beats. The final track â€œOnly In November,â€ could be the only possible way to end such a momentous album. Giving us everything that we love and expect These Ones Are Bitter couldnâ€™t end on a sweeter note. Ben Weasel and His Iron String Quartet deliver with all the things we hope for in a Weasel album; pop, punk, and a good time. If it takes another five years for Ben to release a new album as good as These Ones Are Bitter then itâ€™s well worth the wait.
Top Tracks: Got My Number, The First Day Of Spring, Only In November