The electric guitars on 'Ripper'. The folky tambourine and hilariously high wailing on 'Health and Strength'. The free-for-all playfulness of a post-apocalyptic world on 'Wastoid Girl'. Those three are the only remaining tracks that did anything for me. The rest all sound the same and sonically merge together. 'Diamond Way', 'Stay Up Late'. 'Mellow Out' has a nice guitar solo but even that highlight is eventually dulled. I guess there just isn't anything all that original on this album. The influences, from Weezer especially don't appeal to me. I don't dislike Weezer at all, but if I wanted to listen to a Weezer sound, I'd just go and listen to one of their records, as opposed to this exceptionally good imitation.
Overall then, I don't hate this effort from JEFF the Brotherhood, but I certainly think they've put out better stuff in the past. There are some good effects, and the production is outstanding. My main complaint is the lack of half-decent song-writing skills throughout from this American duo, as well as their glaringly obvious homage to other artists. If they'd taken their influences and worn them a little subtler, then I can easily imagine myself setting my iPod to repeat and rocking along to their energetic and passionate sound. I don't dislike this album, but there's nothing on it that makes me want to listen to it again.