Catch 22 0803

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Review Text Toothpaste 2000 writes catchy pop songs. Catch 22 is loaded with short, sparkling pop gems derived from all the right sources: the loud guitars and energy of punk, the tight harmonies and soaring choruses of power pop, and classic song structures reminiscent of the British Invasion and Brill Building eras. Some of the names that you have to mention are Blondie, the Rubinoos, Cheap Trick, and the Pretenders -- not because the group is derivative; really, these are just some obvious touchstones. Their last record, Instant Action, put the band at the top of the power pop revival standings and Catch 22 is just as good and is very similar as well. Donna Esposito and Frank Bednash alternate lead vocals and writing duties from song to song. Esposito sings with an angelic croon and her songs switch between straightforward punk poppers like "High Life" and "Action Girl" and girl group-styled ballads like "Johnny, Call a Doctor" and "I'm So Happy That I Could Cry." Bednash's vocals and songs are a touch quirkier, but the vocals are still good and he delivers some of the record's highlights, like "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" and the aching Flamin' Groovies sound-alike "When I'm With You." The only slight letdowns are the sometimes-dopey lyrics (see "Count Choc-O-Lot") and the overwhelming number of songs on the record. They might have been better off trimming the track list down to about 15 or so. Still, the hook-laden songs and strong performances make Catch 22 a darn good record. ~ Tim Sendra

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Walking Out the Door - 3:25
  2. 2. Everybody Loves a Loser - 2:18
  3. 3. Count Choc-O-Lot - 2:18
  4. 4. Johnny, Call a Doctor! - 3:02
  5. 5. Crying in the Morning - 3:33
  6. 6. Just Because - 3:36
  7. 7. You Don't Love Me Anymore - 3:41
  8. 8. High Life - 3:09
  9. 9. Let's Keep It Real - 2:45
  10. 10. I'm So Happy That I Could Cry - 2:20
  11. 11. Do What You Do - 3:30
  12. 12. There's Always Something Going On - 2:25
  13. 13. Candy Pants - 3:20
  14. 14. There's Not Something Wrong - 2:11
  15. 15. Catch-22 - 3:12
  16. 16. Party Girl - 2:01
  17. 17. Action Girl - 3:43
  18. 18. When I'm With You - 2:23
  19. 19. Cleopatra - 3:47
  20. 20. Cats & Dogs - 2:14
  21. 21. Imaginary Friend - 3:34
  22. 22. Girl, You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone - 2:15

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8/12/03 

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