Good For You
"Neurotic Showering Habits" CD
Genres: indie rock, noise rock
Feb 16 - 22 2004
After listening to Good For You's last album, Falling Out,
I was very pleased by my discovery of one of the few excellent new
indie rock bands out there. Their style was both gritty and pretty at the same time.
Then they, apparently, broke up.
But, soon enough, they reformed!
And thusly Good For You's Neurotic Showering Habits
currently finds itself in my stereo, spinning around like a twirling
idiot. And thusly I currently currently find myself nodding my head up and down at
the pace of a medium-tempo drumbeat.
This album's basic formula is quite different from that of their last
full-length - the melodies are slightly
less memorable and there appears to be a bit more spunk - and
that is likely due to the long rest the band had in between
recordings. As well, Hartigan and Nochisaki (the
duo behind Good For You) have carved out an even more distinct
sound than before, leaning towards quirkier melodies and rhythms than
on Falling Out.
With that said, there are some truly excellent songs on this
album. "Wonder" is a fresh slice of Sebadoh-influenced
indie rock, "Problems" is a very infectious, raucous rock
number, and "Living in the World is Such a Farce" is a
jerky, endlessly catchy pop tune. The finale, a Slint-esque
spoken word/guitar piece entitled "The Shotgun, A Steak Knife, and
a Mouse" is also quite enjoyable. On the downside, there
are also some less inspired moments. "Why Would You Want
It?" is the most obvious one - it's just a bland, irritatingly
repetitive track with the same chorus sung over and over with no real
verse to keep thigns interesting. But these faults are minimal,
and for the most part Neurotic Showering Habits is a solid,
entertaining indie rock record.
Ladies and gentlemen, Good For You is back!
[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]