You call I"ll Take It an album? You can"t just jump from nutty lounge psychedelia like "Bunny Bought a Spaceship" to the candied jangle-funk duet "Catch Me" to Young Fresh Fellowsish rave-ups and tributes to the Nails. True, I can"t stop listening to the damned thing, but this is your second record -- you can"t just drift forever. And sure, you"re all good friends, but this ain"t Havana: Get a lead singer. Let"s have a good, old-fashioned clash of egos between the breathy waif, the scratchy rocker, and the guy with the King Missile novelty voice. See who comes out on top. Yeah, yeah, so the drummer patters around with a jazzy flair and the lead guitarist swoops and sails. Hell, you even rotate instruments at random, throw in bagpipes and dobro, and still sound like you know what you"re doing. But is this what I sent you to college for?
It"s time you kids learned some retro-garage rock, or else simplify, pout and pass for tortured indie-pop auteurs. This scruffy eclecticism never made any money for the Butthole Surfers. And why do you think David Lowery split up Camper Van Beethoven -- to follow his muse? Please! Make something of yourselves! What am I supposed to tell my friends?