December 14, 2006

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Bowling for Soup, The Great Burrito Extortion Case
Jive/Sony, 2006

The floor shakes—not necessarily from this band's greatness but indubitably from the Supersize Me diet they follow so religiously—and in lumbers emo's last possible hope. Music-wise what you have here is an intentionally (and successfully) amusing realization of a Harvey Danger-vs.-Sloppy Seconds dolt-punk idea, four chumps waddling around flaunting their ADD and poetically indulging their hatred for the cool kids. Through such vehicles as "Why Don't I Miss You," the Soupsters present an alternate reality where soap opera extras like My Chemical Romance realize en masse that the babes who dump them are mere stepping stones on the way to that final Ms. Wrong and her trusty rolling pin, so why not pretend that nobody's ever heard Black Flag's "TV Party" and toss Sony some rep? As for little miss Muffy and her Four Heathers of the Peroxide-Foil Apocalypse, weh-hell, missy, your days are numbered, because these guys are gonna… well, just you wait. B

— Eric W. Saeger