"Tragic and Misunderstood" (Alien Fifth Dimension Records; 2020)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Play Center's "Tragic and Misunderstood" is a quirky rock album that isn't afraid of having some fun. It's got an alternative sound that falls somewhere in between The Knack and the B-52s, but it's bouncy and perky and will put a smile on your face as you listen. On their official website, the band says they're all about "making modern post punk and punk music." They've certainly succeeded there.

Many of the songs have that weird, color-outside-of-the-lines uniqueness and a few kick it up a notch: "Her Knew her Knew" grinds along at a satisfying reptilian pace; "Sabotage" starts out with some peppy guitars before falling into a Ramones-like rhythm; and "Universal Whim" starts with a power-tool drive and never lets up.

For the most part, "Tragic and Misunderstood" is just a fun to listen to. And there ain't nothin' wrong with that.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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