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Aluminum Babe

Self-Titled CD

Mother West

Genres: pop-punk, bubblegum punk

Mother West
132 W. 26th Street
NYC 10001

Jun 30 - Jul 6 2003

Snatch a Donna, throw her in front of a male back-up band, and this is what you might expect to result.  Now, of course, Aluminum Babe isn't fronted by a stray Donna - instead, it's led by one Anna Soder, a spunky vocalist with a passion for punk attitude and pop hooks.  The five songs on this EP make up less than eleven minutes worth of music, but that's the point, isn't it?

Things kick off with "Oh Yeah" and "Billy," two songs that are polar opposites, yet - miraculously - sound quite the same.  The first is a poppy tune about a past relationship, whereas "Billy" is darker, a raunchy, sex-fueled tune with lyrics like "We wanna move yeah we wanna dance/Wanna jump right out of our pants/Come on and get it if you really want/If you wanna ride you gotta get up on it".  This is bubblegum music for the punk generation.

The remainder of the EP passes by with a French love song, one of those "I'm not fake" tunes, and a loud, passionate rocker called "Y-U-So-Mean."  This is fun stuff, but it ain't real punk.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]