Wednesday, May 01, 2013

THE KNACK: [2002] Live From the Rock'n' Roll Funhouse

This crisp concert set documents just how important the Knack were in the evolution of millennial guitar pop music. With yet another new drummer laying down the beat, the original members who comprise the rest of the lineup tear through their hook-riddled, bite-size songs with a freshness and frenzy that's astonishing for -- here it comes -- guys this age. Their singing is especially adolescent: thin, quivery in the upper register, and electric with teenaged angst. There's not a note that sounds moldy, not a whine in the vocal line that betrays Fieger's longevity. When they hit the "love is the answer" lyric on "One Day at a Time," their naïve passion is totally convincing. Frankly, it's almost a little weird, as if, to borrow from Dorian Gray, they had their old masters hanging in an attic. More important, it's also an affirmation that in razor-edged pop, as in life, spirit can transcend flesh after all -- except, judging from the last track, when trying to cover a Jim Morrison vocal.by Robert L. Doerschuk


trACks: Pop Is Dead = Baby Talks Dirty = Oh Tara = CAn I Borrow A Kiss = Another Lousy Day In Paradise = Good Girls Don't = One Day At A Time = Siamese Twins (The Money And Me) = Harder On You = Sweet Dreams = That's What The Little Girls Do = (She's So) Selfish = My Sharona = (Havin' A) Rave Up = Tequila Break On Through (to The Other Side).

Home-Page: http://www.theknack.com/

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