"Solid Gold Balls" (CD Baby; 2014)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Remember the first time you heard Weezer's "Beverly Hills"? Remember how it hooked you and it held you and you kinda loved it because it was so quirky and weird and yet so accessible? Kind of sucked you in, didn't it? Of course, they ruined it later by playing the bejesus out of it on the radio and in clothes stores but, until then, it sounded great.

The self-titled album by Solid Gold Balls is often a little bit like that. It's quirky, alternative-type music, in the style of Ween and Weezer and Nerf Herder and the like. And it's a lot of fun to listen to. The music is jaunty and more vocal-driven than guitar-driven while the lyrics are often absolutely fascinating; some of the most interesting I've heard lately: They're funny and weirdly insightful. They sometimes remind me somewhat of the classic Cheap Trick song, "Surrender," lyrics with very few lines that rhyme but that still works as a great song.

At 14 tracks, "Solid Gold Balls" does eventually overstay its welcome a bit but, while it lasts, it's a very entertaining and quite unique listening experience.

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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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