"The Fifth of July" (Idol; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Watershed's "The Fifth of July" is the perfect merger of disposable pop punk and durable '70s arena rock, as the 11 hook-laden tracks here from these Columbus, OH natives combine the cheekiness of Fountains of Wayne with the timeless melodies of Cheap Trick. 

Tracks like the secretary rock feel of "Small Doses" are palatable for folks 8 - 80, while the singable chorus on "My Lucky Day" is reminiscent of bands like Better Than Ezra and Gin Blossoms. 

Still, despite "The Fifth of July" being a solid offering, Watershed's meat and potatoes delivery rarely rises above the standard bar band fare, making songs like "Going Through the Motions" a bit more revealing than expected. 

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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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