June 14, 2007

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Click Five, Modern Minds and Pastimes
Lava/Atlantic Records, 2007

Few categorizations are as unhelpful as “power-pop,” the descriptive Boston’s Click Five chose for themselves over “Loverboy emo” or “Fast Times At Backstreet High.” If Good Charlotte had shiny happy girlfriends holding their hands they’d probably be doing this same thing, flinging razor-tipped hooks and Van Hagar keyboards into the MySpace waters to reel in schools of Wonder Bread kids. Kickoff single “Jenny” peers down the barrel of teen angst hell and pronounces that it’s OK to be young, non-rotten and not completely obsessed with finding a dry, comfortable place in which to bungle safe sex. Structured like an early Cars song, “Just the Girl” is similarly dishwasher-safe, a mid-tempo homework distraction that makes Dashboard Confessional look like Megadeth. To Disney-ize things further, their MySpace page auto-launches a “Making The Band”-style YouTube spot in which the thin young Clicks and their fat old manager find common ground by making fun of a kid who does a red-faced AC/DC impression. B+ — Eric W. Saeger